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At the Gates of Terheijden, May 15, 1625 by FritzVicari At the Gates of Terheijden, May 15, 1625 by FritzVicari
ENGLISH (based on M. Diaz Gavier, Breda 1625):

At springbreak, the situation at Breda was becoming desperate for the dutchmen. An attempt to relief the city with an army under the orders of Ernst von Mansfeld failed due to an epidemic that struck the transport fleet coming from England. The Stadtholder, Maurice of Nassau, died on April 23 and his brother Frederick Henry succeeded. Breda's supplies were about to end. After months of stalemate, it was decided to break the spanish siege lines with a daring assault against the fortifications at Terheijden, held by the neapolitan Tercio of Campolattaro.
Early morning of May 15, 1625: Sir Horace Vere, english veteran of the dutch and german wars, was at the head of the vanguard of an army of 6000. He counted on a good number of english musketeers reinforced with two hundred armored soldiers. The attack of Vere's regiment was so fast that the advanced sentries were silenced before they could sound the alarm. A reveline was immediately captured with hand grenades and the english musketeers held their position there, giving covering fire. A company at the orders of captain Camillo Fenice was slaughtered at the gates of the fort. Victory seemed to be at hand for the protestants when sargaent major Carlo Roma, at the head of his comrades of the Tercio de Campolattaro, guided a furious counterattack. When the english ensign was killed by a pike, the protestants fleed: the spanish ring resisted.

In the drawing, the counterattack of Roma becomes a bloody melee, while the english ensign is killed.

ITALIANO (basato su M. Diaz Gavier, Breda 1625):

A primavera, la situazione a Breda stava diventando ormai disperata per la olandesi. Un tentativo di soccorrere la città con un esercito agli ordini di Ernst von Mansfeld fallì a causa di un'epidemia che ha colpì la flotta di trasporto proveniente l'Inghilterra. Intanto, lo Stadtholder, Maurizio di Nassau, era morto il 23 aprile, lasciando lo stadtholderato al fratello Federico Enrico. I viveri a Breda stavano per finire. Dopo mesi di stallo, fu deciso di rompere l'anello spagnolo intorno alla città con un audace assalto frontale contro le fortificazioni a Terheijden , difese dai napoletano del Tercio di Campolattaro.
Prime ore del mattino del 15 Maggio 1625: Sir Horace Vere, inglese veterano delle guerre nelle Fiandre, era a capo dell'avanguardia di un esercito di 6000 soldati. Egli contava su un buon numero di moschettieri inglesi rinforzati con duecento soldati protetti da corazze. L'attacco del reggimento di Vere fu così veloce ed efficace che le sentinelle avanzate furono messe a tacere prima che potessero dare l'allarme. Gli inglesi catturarono subito un revellino, ripulendolo con bombe a mano e da lì i moschettieri coprirono l'assalto a Terheijden. Una compagnia agli ordini del capitano Camillo Fenice venne spazzata via nel tentativo di difendere le porte della fortezza. La vittoria sembrava a portata di mano per i protestanti quando il sergente maggiore Carlo Roma, alla testa dei suoi compagni del Tercio de Campolattaro, guidò un furioso contrattacco. Alla morte del loro alfiere, ucciso da una picca, i protestanti si ritirarono: l'anello intorno a Breda aveva tenuto.

Nel disegno, il contrattacco di Roma si trasforma in un sanguinoso corpo a corpo, mentre l'alfiere inglese è ucciso.
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Shasiel Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Wow man, excellent composition!
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist
Thanks a lot! 
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Roger-Raven Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Real good, but which ones are Imperials and which ones are Dutch?
That was shown also in Perez-Reverte novel: "El Sol de Breda" (The Sun of Breda).
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Spaniards on the right (where the pikes come from) and routing assault english formation (with very few pikes) on the left. :)

And yeah, it is also pretty well described in El Sol de Breda. I'd have liked to be able to say that the big, aggressive spanish guy with an halberd is Sgt. Roma, but according to the sources I've read, Roma was equipped with an enemy rotella shield (rundschild) and probably a sword. A detail I have, sadly, overlooked. :(
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Truly epic!
The English are the ones on the left, right?
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you, Joe and yes, the English are on the left!
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