Siege of Meurs (1597)

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Siege of Meurs
Part of the Eighty Years' War and the
Anglo–Spanish War
Siege of Moers (Meurs) by Maurice of Orange in 1597 - Mevrsae Obsidio.jpg
Siege of Meurs from the Atlas Van Loon
Date 29 August – 3 September 1597
Location Meurs
(present-day Germany)
Result Dutch & English victory[1]
Belligerents
 Dutch Republic
England England
 Spain
Commanders and leaders
Dutch Republic Maurice of Orange
England Horace Vere
Spain Andrés de Miranda
Strength
7,000 Infantry
1,200 Cavalry
400
Casualties and losses
Unknown (low) All captured

Siege of Meurs (Moers) by Maurice of Orange in 1597

The Siege of Meurs took place between 29 August to 3 September 1597 during the Eighty Years' War and the Anglo–Spanish War. The Spanish occupied city of Meurs under Governor Andrés de Miranda was besieged by Dutch and English troops under the command of Prince Maurice of Orange. The siege ended with the capitulation and the withdrawal of the Spanish garrison. The siege was part of Maurice's campaign of 1597 known as the Ten Glory Years, his highly successful offensive against the Spaniards.[2][3]

Background[edit]

Meurs had been occupied by the governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, on 8 August 1586 and Colonel Sacchinus Camillo de Modiliana was made as Governor with a modest garrison.[4] Halfway through 1597 the government at the The Hague with improved funding ordered a new campaign for Maurice of Nassau Prince of Orange, the commander of the Dutch and English troops, to oust the Spanish while they had been preoccupied with the Siege of Amiens.[5]

Maurice planned a campaign directly through the east of the Netherlands, where Grol and Oldenzaal were the strongest cities. On 1 August 1597 Maurice along with his cousin (and brother in law) William Louis left with 7000 infantry and 1200 cavalry which included thirteen companies of English and ten companies of Scots, both cavalry and infantry commanded by Colonel Horace Vere[1][6] Maurice's first target was the important military and economic city of Rheinberg which for seven years had been under Spanish occupation.[7] After a ten-day siege on 19 August the Spanish capitulated the city and Maurice then headed to the south, where Meurs was located.[2]

Siege[edit]

Sitting on western bank of the Rhine Meurs consisted of a fortress with a castle, Herman van den Bergh, the governor of Spanish Upper Guelders, reinforced the city with additional troops which totaled 400 soldiers under the command of Andrés de Miranda.[5][6]

Upon arrival Maurice then had Meurs besieged from two sides, his batteries opened up on the 29th August whilst the engineers had parts of the moat surrounding the city filled in at three places, so that the city could be stormed.[7] Meurs however offered little resistance to the Dutch and English; with parts of the wall crumbling and even before the attack was launched on 3 September, de Miranda negotiated for terms which Maurice accepted.[6] Miranda surrendered the city and his men marched out with full honors and Maurice's troops then entered the city who then strengthened the fortifications and left a garrison.[5]

On 8 September Maurice then marched to Orsoy, crossed over the Rhine, then over the Lippe and appeared on the evening of 11 September before Groenlo, which he then besieged for eleven days forcing the garrison to surrender.[3]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Knight, Charles Raleigh: Historical records of The Buffs, East Kent Regiment (3rd Foot) formerly designated the Holland Regiment and Prince George of Denmark's Regiment. Vol I. London, Gale & Polden, 1905, p. 45
  2. ^ a b Israel pg 29-30
  3. ^ a b van Nimwegen pg 166
  4. ^ von Roden pg 49
  5. ^ a b c Wagenaar pg 470
  6. ^ a b c Duyck, Anthonis (1864). Journaal, 1591-1602: Uitg. op last van het departement van Oorlog, met in leiding en aantekeningen door Lodewijk Mulder, Volume 2. Nijhoff. pp. 343–44 (Dutch). 
  7. ^ a b Motley pg 456

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