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By G. Mortimer

The Thirty Years warfare - the 1st nice pan-European warfare, and till the 20th century the main poor - ravaged Germany, yet delusion, propaganda and old controversy have obscured its precise nature. one other viewpoint is supplied by way of the personal diaries, memoirs and chronicles of infantrymen and voters who recorded their very own stories. battle on the person point is mentioned and defined utilizing those assets, that are commonly quoted of their personal words.

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II. 47, 48). Sydnam Poyntz was a different kind of man and a different kind of mercenary soldier. In about 1621, at the age of 16, he set off in search of adventure and fortune in the German wars, having decided that ‘to bee bound an Apprentice that life I deemed little better then a dogs life and base’. 15 years later, after changing his religion and changing sides twice while rising to the rank of ‘Sergeant Major of a Troop of 200 horse’, and after marrying and losing two wives along the way, Poyntz returned to England much richer than when he left.

134). At Magdeburg the wounded Hagendorf worried about his wife during her looting expedition: When I was bandaged up my wife went into the city, even though it was on fire everywhere, as she wanted to fetch a pillow for me to lie on and cloths for dressings, so I had the sick child lying by me too. Then the cry reached the camp that the houses were all collapsing on top of each other, so that many soldiers and women who were wanting to do a bit of looting were trapped inside them. As a result I was more worried about my wife, because of the sick child, than about my wounds.

38) On the march conditions could be much worse: These 3 dayes was a very hard march, for we were end of day very wet, and came soe and late to our quarters, lying 2 night sub dis, haveing only the panopie of heaven to cover us. … I had nothing to keepe me from the cold wett ground but a little bundle of wett dryed flax, which by chance I litt on. And soe with my bootes full of water and wrapt up in my wett cloake, I lay as round as a hedgehogg, and at peep of day looked like a drowned ratt. 39–40) Seventeenth-century armies were accompanied by a large train of relatives, servants and providers of services of all kinds.

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