woensdag 19 juni 2019
German historian Klaus Roider was kind enough to share a find he made in the Neurenberg Archives (!) on the dutch Blue Guards. Their uniforms are reported as being in "full blue", the sword belt in gold, the cartridge (?) pouch embroided in gold as well.
A report from 1701 by Gottfried Jahnus von Eberstatt.
Mr Roider is the author on a book on Frankish troops in the late 17th century, which you can buy here:
vrijdag 29 maart 2019
De redactie kreeg de ingeving eens te kijken in het Marineblad van 1917, waar een referentie stond naar onder andere Colonel Decker, maar ook naar het uniform van de Garde van Stadhouder Willem III. Na enig speurwerk werd de bron, van het artikel gevonden, zijnde het nieuwsblad "De Oprechte Haerlemmer Courant" van 10 januari 1673, welke meldt dat de compagnieën van de Garde "blauwe rokken" droegen. Dit vermoeden hadden we la, maar het wordt nu bevestigd!
The editors, in their continuing search in 17th century sources, were researching a lead, found in Het Marineblad, 1917 about uniforms of the Stadholder. After some digging we found the source, being the Harlem (the real one, in the Province of Holland) "true Newspaper", or in Dutch "De oprechte Haerlemse Courant" from, 10th januari 1673, in which 8 companies of the Guard are described wearing "blauwe rokken", being blue coats. We always had the idea that the Guards uniforms were blue, but this is a nice confirmation.
zaterdag 9 februari 2019
Link to a video file
Above a link to the video file by local TV, in the Helperline, an extra defense line that was build to protect the town of Groningen from the south. The white building is built on a place where there used to be a hill with gallows, which was in 1672 the headquarters of Bishop van Galen.
donderdag 10 januari 2019
"In January 1671 a certain High German Prince, wrote to one of the Dutch Princesses that he was amazed about the silence in Holland about France's preparations for war"
These are the first swords and the title page of the second edition of a book series called "The distressed Lion", which gives in detail in Dutch a review of what happeneid in the Dutch Republic in the period from 1671 up to around 1675.
There's also a an English version but I haven't found it online yet. The author is Johannes Grybius and the printer is Steven Swart. Maybe one of our readers can hjelp mout?
These books are great, the author is very good informed and his writings are incredible detailed.
This is the link for the book!
donderdag 16 augustus 2018
On September the 22nd in the Royal Dutch Library, The Hague, a congress is held on the year 1672, organised by the Studygroup "The Friends of de Witt". Among the speakers 1672 experts Luc Panhuysen and Judith Brouwer.
Arjan Nobel speaks on French terror on the countryside, and there is a lecture on Romeyn de Hooghe.
(costs around 15 euro's, depending on membership)
donderdag 19 juli 2018
This is a great book on the fights in the tree Northern Provinces in 1672 and 1673, available free on great Delpher website. It delas with the Frisian Water Defence line, troop strengths, strategy
and gives a lot of praise to Colonel Aylva.
woensdag 18 juli 2018
It's very warm and dry in the Netherlands now, and in the news in the past days were drone images showing very interesting archeological sites.
It was reported that the French Sconce was visible near Groenlo (or Grolle to the most of you), but it turned out to be that already in 2003 this Sconce was visible from the air. The fortress is from the 1620's and yes there's also an English Sconce near Grolle.
More info on the fortress line around Grolle here