Associació El Baluard, centre d’estudis històric i fets d’armes de Girona

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A SOLDIER OF CATALAN VOLUNTEERS BATTALION

df-SdP2016_bqThis figure represents a soldier of Catalan Volunteers Battalion, a unit created in 1859 while Spain was fighting against Morocco in the famous African War (Spanish-Moroccan War). Council of deputies of Barcelona covered expenses for the uniform that consisted of “ one Catalan cap, 3 cotton shirts, 2 pairs of underpants, 2 cotton vests, one tunic and a pair of corduroys, a pair of leather half boots, 2 canvas sandals, a haversack, a manta and a travelling bag”. They successfully fought in the Battle of Tetuan on 4 February 1860. Thanks to one deceptive maneuver consisting in building a human tower (“castell”) they could get over the rampart and reach “alcazaba” (citadel) giving the rest of the army access to the city.