Friday, December 9, 2011

Lessons in Psychological Warfare

At Jasna Góra, 1655.
 Meanwhile, the Swedes reached the foot of Jasna Gora. It was two o’clock in the afternoon. General Miller sent a written peace proposal with a delegation, proposing the peaceful capitulation of Jasna Gora, to avoid “unnecessary bloodshed”… The declared adversary also pretended to be merciful. The enemy troops had already taken up positions for the siege of the walls, and were studying the positions of the cannons of the fortress.

“It did not seem fitting to answer that letter in writing,” reported Fr. Kordecki. “It was no longer the hour to write, but to take up arms… We answered by the muzzles of our cannons…” (pg. 109).

The answer was so convincing, that, at nightfall, Miller had to beg for a truce, and he took advantage of the occasion to assure the friars that he did not want to do any damage to the sanctuary. Since the Swedish troops had occupied granaries belonging to the convent and located outside the walls, the defenders bombarded them at night with incendiary projectiles, so that they could not be used to supply the enemy.

The following day, Miller hid his artillery in the nearby village of Czestochowa, whence he bombarded Jasna Gora. When the religious realized this, they considered that the destruction of the village was of no importance in comparison with the defense of the sanctuary of Our Lady, and, directing their artillery in that direction, they set the thatched houses on fire. Many of the Swedes in their surprise ran out into the open where they were brought under the fire of the monastery’s defenders. (Read entire article.)



Titus said...

The siege of Jasna Gora is a central event in volume two of Henryk Sienkiewicz's Trilogy, The Deluge. It's quite the story.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing this is the same village noted for the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa? I knew I'd heard something about a battle and/or a fire and the image being miraculously preserved.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, same place.