The Battle of Delebio took place during the Wars in Lombardy. It occurred on 18 and 19 November 1432, near Delebio, in the Valtellina. It was an aftermath of the occupation of Brescia and the Valle Camonica by the armies of the Republic of Venice, led by Francesco Bussone, Count of Carmagnola.

Battle of Delebio
Part of Wars in Lombardy

Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan
Date18 and 19 November 1432[1]
Result Ducal Milanese victory[3]
Duchy of Milan Republic of Venice
Commanders and leaders
Niccolò Piccinino
Pietro Brunoro
Stefano Quadrio
Giorgio Corner
Cesare Martinengo
Taddeo d'Este
400 Milanese Knights[6]
Strengenthed by the
Ghibelline faction loyal
to the Duke
1 Venetian Column[7]
Casualties and losses
Unknown ca. 5,000 Killed[6][4][5]
2,700 Captured[6]

Prelude edit

The Venetian troops under Giorgio Corner had invaded the Valtellina in 1431, in order to secure the Republic's northern borders and favour their trade towards Germany. On 18 November 1432 the army of Filippo Maria Visconti, duke of Milan, with more than 400 horse and an unspecified infantry under the condottiero Niccolò Piccinino, marched alongside the Lake Como to defy the Venetians. Among the commanders of the Venetian troops was Bartolomeo Colleoni, who later became one of the most famous condottieri.

Battle edit

The first clash occurred that same day, when Venetians lost c. 300 infantry to push back a surprise attack on their camp. The following morning the camp was attacked by Piccinino from the West and by the Ghibellines of Valtellina, under Stefano Quadrio, from the East. The Venetians were crushed, most of their commanders being imprisoned. The Venetian losses amounted to 1,800 cavalry and 3,500 infantry, with c. 2,700 prisoners (5,000 casualties and 7,000 prisoners according to other sources).

Sources edit

  1. ^ Benetti, Dario (1990). Storia di Valtellina e Valchiavenna. Milano.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  2. ^ a b Leonhardi, Georg (1860). Das Veltin nebst einer beschreibung der bäder von Bormio. Leipzig.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  3. ^ Wilkes, John (1810). Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Vol. 5. London.
  4. ^ a b c Capponi, Niccolò (2011). La battaglia di Anghiari. Il giorno che salvò il Rinascimento. Milano.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. ^ a b Curti, Pier Ambrogio (1852). Tradizioni e leggende di Lombardia, Volume III. Milano.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  6. ^ a b c d e Lavizari, Pietro Angelo (1716). Memorie istoriche della Valtellina. Chur.
  7. ^ Cognasso, Francesco (1966). I Visconti. Milano.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)

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