Siege of Barcelona (1697)

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Siege of Barcelona
Part of Nine Years' War
Plànol del setge de Barcelona de 1697.jpg
Map of the siege of unknown author printed at Paris.
Date 1697
Location Barcelona, Spain
Result French victory
Belligerents
 Kingdom of France Spain Spain
Commanders and leaders
Duke of Vendôme Prince George of Hesse-Darmstadt
Strength
32,000/25,000
Casualties and losses
9,000 to 15,000 5,300 to 12,000

The Siege of Barcelona of 1697 was successfully conducted during the Nine Years' War by France. Louis Joseph, Duke of Vendôme, commanding some 32,000 troops (reinforced with troops from the ended Italian front of the war),[1] forced the garrison, under Prince George of Hesse-Darmstadt, to capitulate on 10 August. Yet it had been a hard fought contest: according to John Lynn, French casualties amounted to about 9,000, and the Spanish had suffered some 12,000 killed, wounded or lost,[2] while Antonio Espino López sets the Spanish losses at 4,500 killed and 800 wounded, and the French casualties at 15,000 men, including 52 engineers.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Childs states 25,000 French troops.
  2. ^ Lynn, p. 261.
  3. ^ Espino López, p. 811

References[edit]

  • Childs, John. The Nine Years' War and the British Army. Manchester University Press, 1991. ISBN 0719034612
  • Espino López, Antonio. El frente catalán en la Guerra de los Nueve Años, 1689-1697 . Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Història Moderna i Contemporània, 1994. ISBN 9788469202272
  • Lynn, John A. The Wars of Louis XIV: 1667–1714. Longman, 1999. ISBN 0582056292