Battle of White Mountain

Schlacht_am_Weißen_Berg_C-K_063Distractions, distractions. In the words of Hedly Lamarr, “my mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives!”

Well OK, there was a bright shiny object over there and I got distracted.

Today’s distraction is the Thirty Year’s War. I’ve always had an inkling to do it (and/or the English Civil for the matter) but never got around to it. A passing reference today to the Battle of White Mountain had me starting to think about it more seriously again. In the meantime, whilst I think, I’ll talk about the battle.

The Battle of White Mountain fought on 8 November 1620 effectively ended the Bohemian involvement in the Thirty Years War. 30,000 Bohemians under Christian of Anhalt were defeated by the combined armies of the Holy Roman Empire under Charles Bonaventure de Longueval, the Count of Bucuoy and the Catholic League under Johann Tserclaes, the Count of Tilly. They numbered 27,000 men. White Mountain (Bílá Hora) is near Prague. Within Tilly’s army was another famous and successful military commander of the Thirty Years War, Albrecht von Wallenstein.

I will post more about this later – I want to check my references next and get an idea of the makeup of the forces involved. In the meantime, it is another period for me to consider.