Siege of Alkmaar
|Siege of Alkmaar|
|Part of the Eighty Years' War & the Anglo–Spanish War|
The Siege of Alkmaar by Frans Hogenberg
| Dutch Rebels
|Commanders and leaders|
|Jacob Cabeliau||Fadrique Álvarez de Toledo|
|800 Geuzen, ca.1,300 civilians||6,500 to 16,000 troops|
|Casualties and losses|
|24+ geuzen, 13 civilians||over 500|
The Siege of Alkmaar (1573) was a turning point the Eighty Years' War and the Anglo–Spanish War. The burghers of the Dutch city of Alkmaar fought off the Spanish (who had set up their camp in Oudorp) between August 21 and October 8, 1573, with boiling tar and burning branches from their renewed city walls. The garrison included a detachment of English and Scots soldiers (including a few survivors from the siege of Haarlem).
A first hand account of the siege exists in the diary of Nanning van Foreest, a local city councillor. The site also been the site of several archaeological examinations of the remains of the battle.
- Knüsel & Smith p 456
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- Nolan p 12
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