The Battle of St. Jakob an der Birs - Basel, Switzerland
Posted by: fi67
N 47° 32.514 E 007° 37.059
32T E 395974 N 5266312
Quick Description: The Battle of St. Jakob an der Birs took place on 26 August 1444 between the Old Swiss Confederacy and French mercenaries.
Location: Nordwestschweiz (AG/BL/BS), Switzerland
Date Posted: 6/11/2013 5:53:00 AM
Waymark Code: WMH9FP
The Battle of St. Jakob an der Birs took place on 26 August 1444 between the Old Swiss Confederacy and French mercenaries. The Swiss troop of 1,500 attacked the French army of 20,000 men. The battle lasted several hours; in the end the smaller, but offensive Swiss forces were weakened and forced to retreat in a small hospital. They refused to surrender and all but 16 were killed by the overwhelming superiority. The French troops lost up to 6,000 men and were forced to stop their advance to Zürich. The battle became very famous but there was no symbolic connotation until the early 19th century after the collapse of the Napoleonic Helvetic Republic when the battle was stylized as a heroic and selfless rescue of the Swiss Confederacy from a French invasion.
The hospital was just next to this church, but the current church building was rebuilt in 1894. There are two murals depicting battle scenes on the front wall of the church and a stone plaque.
Name of Battle:
Battle of St. Jakob an der Birs
Name of War: Old Zürich War
Entrance Fee: 0.00 (listed in local currency)
Date(s) of Battle (Beginning): 8/26/1444
Date of Battle (End): 8/26/1444
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