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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 8:37 p.m. PST

"Spanish military historiography does not usually deal with too many facts of arms of the 18th century. It could be said that after the famous Tercios came a dark stage. Nothing is further from reality. The campaigns of 1734/35 in the framework of the War of the Polish Succession, whose consequences were the definitive capture of the Kingdom of Naples by Spanish troops, show that the Spanish armies had not yet said their last word.

Despite the fact that the campaign consisted mostly of marches and sieges, a pitched battle decided the end the Austrian armies in Naples, that was the Bitonto Battle. The confrontation was not of great magnitude, since it involved 13,000 Spanish soldiers and slightly less than 9,000 Austrians (the figures vary according to the source), and only two cannons, both on the Spanish side, but its consequences were to last for decades.

The Habsburg forces took up positions in the town of Bitonto, surrounded by olive groves and walls that separated parcels, which made the terrain impractical for cavalry charges and advances without breaking formation…"

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