Donnerstag, 10. Oktober 2013

Siege of Neuss -Part IV

Duke Charles soon realised that his siege efforts would be fruitless without having isolated the town from the supply via the waterway. The Neussers received provisions, ammunition and reinforcements from shipments arriving on the two islands in the River Rhine near the eastern city walls. Charles put all his efforts to capture these two small islands "Weid" and "Wert".On 6th August 1474 a Burgundian landing party attacked the larger "Weid" island. The Neussers send reinforcements by boat and a bitter struggle developed. During the fight, the flag bearer of the Burgundians, a giant Ethopian named Christoph was captured. His red flag bearing the inscription: "His maximum est periculum,qui maxime timent." (Those are most in danger, who show the most fear). He was paraded through the streets of Neuss and must have appeared as the true devil to the Neussers, even more so as he managed to escape a few days later! The Burgundians lost nearly 200 men that day but managed to finally capture the islands on 11th August.


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Kommentare:

  1. Thats a wonderful unit and VERY interesting info re the flagbearer (your figure of him and the flag looks great too).

    Can I ask, are there any english language books on Siege of Neuss that you are aware of? Regrettably I cannot read French or German well enough. As you know I am collecting Burgundian Ordonannce and am very keen to extend my knowledge of all military related matters.
    Thank you, Simon.

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    1. Thanks. I doubt that there is anything in English really, maybe in a bigger context in Books about Charles or Burgundian Wars in General. There is a very small chapter in the osprey burgundians book but its hardly the size of a wikipedia article.

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  2. Excellent looking unit, great flavour of the period. Nice!

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  3. stunning looking unit your work is truely inspiring
    Peace James

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  4. Lovely unit – your rendition of these models is flawless. And thanks for sharing this nice bit of a historical anecdote. Always appreciate some local history dropping in. :-)

    Cheers, SG
    mountainsoflead.com

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    1. Thanks. Its fun to paint some figs with a local history even if its not very much known.

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  5. Stunning unit !!!

    Very impressive paintwork !

    Nice with the historical background, gives a extra flawor to the minis.

    I serenely agree about that it is fun to paint minis with a local history, thats way I try to fins a Swedish connection in my painting projects like the Kalmar Union War.

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael! And thanks to the Perrys for providing us those figs for multiple use! :-)

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  6. A beautiful unit, great paintjob and very interesting post...the clothes are really impressive!

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  7. These fellows, and all their WOTR comrades in arms, look impossibly perfect. I am amazed at your skill. Congratulations!

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