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In the cold, cold Netherlands, February 1624 by FritzVicari In the cold, cold Netherlands, February 1624 by FritzVicari
ENGLISH (based on M. Diaz Gavier, Breda 1625, Ignacio and Ivan Lotario Lopez, The Spanish Tercios, 1536-1704):

Winter, early 1624. 
The scene of our tragedy moves to the war-torn Netherlands.
The war, which had begun before any of our characters was even born, had started again after twelve years of truce, in 1621. Spain spent incredible amounts of money and energy against an enemy which, despite the Habsburg's might, a naval embargo and a continuous pressure, seemed to be undefeatable. 

The winter of 1623-24 was an exceptionally cold one: rivers and marshes had frozen, transforming the unreliable terrain of the Low Lands in a perfect road to march upon. The spaniards, under the command of Lucas Cairo, governor of Lingen, launched a triple offensive in the area of Groningen, capturing the town and burning to the ground several villages, including Windschoten, Schlochteren, Heiligerlee, Noordbroek and Schemda thus condemning, in fact, the population to die by the hardships of winter. Still, the offensive only gained modest results. 

When the sun of spring melted the ice and the snow, an offensive on the Brabant would have been launched...

ITALIANO (basato su M. Diaz Gavier, Breda 1625, Ignacio e Ivan Lotario Lopez, The Spanish Tercios, 1536-1704):

Inverno, prime settimane del 1624.
La scena della nostra tragedia si sposta nei Paesi Bassi devastati dalla guerra.
Una guerra che era iniziata prima ancora che un qualunque nostro personaggio fosse nato, era ricominciata dopo dodici anni di tregua nel 1621. La Spagna gettava energie materiali e monetarie incredibili nella guerra contro un nemico il quale, nonostante la potenza degli Asburgo, un embargo navale e una pressione militare continua, sembrava invincibile.

L'inverno del 1623-24 fu eccezionalmente freddo: i fiumi e le paludi ghiacciarono, trasformando le inaffidabili pianure dei Paesi Bassi in solide strade. Gli spagnoli, agli ordini del governatore di Lingen, Lucas Cairo, lanciarono una tripla offensiva nell'area di Groninga, catturando la città e bruciando vari centri abitati nel circondario, inclusi Windschoten, Schlochteren, Heiligerlee, Noordbroek e Schemda, condannando così la popolazione a una morte quasi certa nei rigori dell'inverno. Ma l'offensiva ottenne solo risultati modesti.

Ma per quando il sole della primavera avesse sciolto i ghiacci e le nevi, una nuova offensiva sarebbe stata messa in atto contro il Brabante...
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Pandaren-Chaplain Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Remember captain Alatriste! 
FritzVicari Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Hell yeah! I'm reading "El Sol of Breda" once again to gain additional inspiration :D
Roger-Raven Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
At first sight I thought it was the miracle of Empel. Good work.
somebodyoranybody Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great perspective! And drawing so many people without them looking weird is hard! Really well done!
FritzVicari Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Hey, thank you very much! :)
BillyAustria Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once again, I keep looking at the person's facial expressions. I love them! :)
FritzVicari Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you very much, man! I appreciate that!
CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
The Spaniards hated the Netherlands; for  them, Flanders was a cold, wet hell where the population was hostile and (for a big part) Protestant.
Ironically, some centuries later Dutch troops served with Napoleon's troops in Spain, and they hated it; for them, Spain was a hot, dry hell where the Catholic population was hostile. ;)

Amazing work, as always.
FritzVicari Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist
...and thank you, of course!
FritzVicari Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist
You know, I had written something like that - Netherlands being the Spaniards' cold Vietnam or something like that, but in the end I edited it :D 
No wonder the spaniards hated the place, it was a meatgrinder were thousands of them were sent to die - with very little results (if not spanish bankruptcy). I guess the Spaniards would have not believed, back then, what would have happened in their country during the reign of L'Empereur. :)

By the way, out of curiosity, which part of the Netherlands are you from?
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