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domingo, 28 de fevereiro de 2016

O Cerco do Porto - 1832-33 - Siege of Oporto

A Guerra Civil Portuguesa, também conhecida como Guerras Liberais, Guerra Miguelista ou Guerra dos Dois Irmãos desenrolou-se entre 1828 e 1834. Confrontaram-se os liberais constitucionalistas, de um lado, e absolutistas, do outro: estava em causa a sucessão real, e o regime politico que iria vigorar no País. Em causa estava o respeito pelas regras de sucessão ao trono português face à decisão tomada pelas Cortes de 1828, que aclamaram D. Miguel I como rei de Portugal. Os liberais entendiam que o trono pertencia à Rainha D. Maria II - que contou com o apoio de seu pai, D. Pedro IV. 
Um dos seus recontros decisivos foi o Cerco do Porto, durou mais de um ano — entre Julho de 1832 e Agosto de 1833. As tropas liberais de D. Pedro, que entraram na Cidade após o desembarque do Mindelo, aqui ficaram sitiadas pelas forças realistas, fiéis a D. Miguel. Entre a tropa liberal contavam-se diversos Batalhões de Voluntários, muitos dos quais criados por D. Pedro durante o Cerco. São estes corajosos homens o tema da publicação de hoje.
 Não tendo encontrado representações gráficas ou descrições dos uniformes usados pelos oficiais, utilizei as cores dos atribuídos aos soldados.

Oficial/Officer - 1º Batalhão Móvel do Porto/ Oporto 1st Mobile Battalion

Oficial/Officer - Batalhão de Voluntários da Rainha / Queen´s Volunteer Battalion
 The Portuguese Civil War, also known as Liberal Wars, Miguelista War or War of the Two Brothers took place between 1828 and 1834. It opposed the liberal constitutionalists, on one side, and the absolutists, on the other: at stake was the royal succession, and the political regime that would rule the country. The main issue was the respect for the rules of succession to the Portuguese throne: the "Cortes" of 1828 hailed Miguel I as King of Portugal, but for  the Liberals, the throne belonged to Queen Mary II - who had the support of her father, Dom Pedro IV.  One of the decisive clashes was the Siege of Porto, which lasted more than a year - between July 1832 and August 1833. The liberal troops of D. Pedro, who entered the city after landing in Mindelo, were under siege by the royalist forces, faithful to D. Miguel. Among the liberal troops were several battalions of volunteers, many of them created by D. Pedro during the Siege. These brave men are the subject of today's post.  I found no illustrated representations or written descriptions of the uniforms worn by officers, so I used the colors assigned to the soldiers.




Soldado/Soldier - Batalhão Académico/"Academic Battalion"



                   Inspirei-me na obra "Historia do Cerco do Porto", de Luz Soriano, que ali combateu.
                  A gravura, inserida em edição posterior da obra (edição original, não era ilustrada)  representa o uniforme dos Voluntários da Raínha como tendo os punhos azuis e orlados de preto. No entanto, Luz Soriano descreve-os como sendo orlados a branco, pelo que segui o seu texto: 

               
               I was inspired in the book " History of the Siege of Porto" by Luz Soriano, who fought there. 
             The illustration, inserted in the later editions of his work (the original edition had none) depicts the uniform of the Queen´s Volunteers as having blue cuffs, fringed in black . However , Luz Soriano describes them as having white fringes - so I followed his words.

sábado, 13 de fevereiro de 2016

Baron Leopold Von Jaeger III - at your service.

"Baron von Jaeger is rather unique, an eccentric, may be even a madman, but irreplaceable nonetheless."


 "Jaeger considers himself a hunter more than a military man; he spent his childhood honing the art of the hunt in the jungles of House Piquarde, near Helmutsport on Venus. The skills he developed while hunting Devilcat, Venusian Python and alike on his ancestral home, have placed him in good stead within the Bauhaus Military and specifically the Bauhaus Artillery Korps (BAK), where he has excelled for 40 or so years.
He is a strange sight to behold upon the battlefield, decked in the finery of a Bauhaus Kapitan, over which he wears his tatty fifty year old heavy leather hunting jacket. Perched upon his arm is his faithful hunting hawk ‘Hans’. He wears a monocle and has the most  magnificent of moustaches."


"Jaeger’s talents have afforded him the leniency of his superiors in regards to his less than standard tactics and  ppearance. When an enemy needs to be hunted in a brash show of Bauhaus military force, Jaeger is the man for the job. His befuddled  ppearance belies a shrewd and tactical mind, a mind that sees a battle as something beneath him; much rather would he be hunting down a stealthy and intelligent foe in a series of precise attacks and feints, finally finishing the worthy opponent in a large, precise and devastating bombardment, obliterating them from existence. He scorns any mission given to him that does not spark his hunter’s interest, giving it the least of his attention. This has led to no end of disciplinaries, but his exemplary record elsewhere has ensured his current batch of superiors utilise the ‘old Baron’ where he is at his best."


"Jaeger will always be found amongst the howitzers and cannons of his korps, surrounded by tables filled with maps and antiquated instruments of cartography and survey, reams of ink and guava splattered plans billow in the wind, detailing his target and the intricacies of the particular hunt. He will often go beyond his station, taking control of the larger army, ignoring the counter of his field superiors, wielding their men as if his own. Placing them, repositioning them and distributing them ready so that they will funnel the prey. Constantly muttering to himself as he discusses his plans with Hans, often getting into loud argument with the tempestuous bird as it’s ‘suggestions’ infuriate the Baron."


"Eventually, the moment will come when he has positioned, or funnelled, his prey. ‘Check mate’ he will mutter under his breath as Hans squawks and flaps in excitement. ‘FIRE!’ he screams before his guns reply."

Text from Prodos site:  http://shop.prodosgames.com/en/bauhaus-troops/139-baron-leopold-von-jaeger-iii.html