Battle of Velletri (1744)


Battle of Velletri (1744)

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Velletri


caption="Triumph of Charles III at the Battle of Velletri" by Francesco Solimena. Oil on canvas, 1744.
partof=the War of the Austrian Succession
date=August 12, 1744
place=Velletri, Italy
result=Spanish-Neapolitan victory
combatant1=flag|Spain|1701
flagicon|Two Sicilies Kingdom of Naples
combatant2=flagicon|Habsburg Monarchy Habsburg Monarchy
commander1=Carlos de Borbon [Levillain, p. 1178]
Comte de Gages
commander2=Prince of Lobkowicz
strength1=12,000
strength2=10,000
casualties1=~2,000 dead,
2,000 captured
casualties2=~2,000 dead,
2,000 captured|

The Battle of Velletri occurred August 12, 1744 in the War of the Austrian Succession, between Austria and the Spanish-aligned Kingdom of Naples, defended by Spanish troops. After seizing Velletri in a nighttime attack and capturing much of King Charles' royal entourage, the Austrian army joined battle with Charles' Spanish army outside the city.

The Austrians were rapidly thrown back by the Spanish and Walloon Guards and retreated north toward Rome with Charles in pursuit.

Trivia

Act 3 of the opera La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi is set during the Battle of Velletri.

Notes

References

*citation
last = Levillain
first = Philippe
publication-date = 2002
date =
year =
title = The Papacy: An Encyclopedia
publisher = Routeledge
isbn = 0415922305


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