Siege of Rheinfelden (1633)

The Siege of Rheinfelden of 1633 or the Spanish recapture of Rheinfelden (Spanish: La Expugnación de Rheinfelden) took place in late October 1633, during the Thirty Years' War.[1][2]

Siege of Rheinfelden (1633)
Part of the Thirty Years' War
La expugnación de Rheinfelden por Vicente Carducho.jpg
The Capture of Rheinfelden by Vincenzo Carducci.
Date17 October 1633
47°33′N 7°48′E / 47.550°N 7.800°E / 47.550; 7.800Coordinates: 47°33′N 7°48′E / 47.550°N 7.800°E / 47.550; 7.800
Result Decisive Spanish victory
Spain Spain  Sweden
Commanders and leaders
Spain Duke of Feria Unknown
20,000 troops[1][2] 350 troops[3]
Casualties and losses
Unknown All killed[3]
Rheinfelden is located in Switzerland
Location within Switzerland
Rheinfelden is located in Germany
Rheinfelden (Germany)

The Spanish army (20,000 troops)[1] of the Governor of the Duchy of Milan, Don Gómez Suárez de Figueroa, Duke of Feria, (Spanish Army of Alsace), after relieving and taking Konstanz, Breisach and Bregenz, captured by storm the Swiss city of Rheinfelden, as part of the plan designed by the favourite and chief minister of Philip IV of Spain, Don Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, to release the Rhine route of the harassment by Swedish, French and Protestant-German troops (Heilbronn League), defend the Franche-Comté, safeguard the Tyrol, support the troops of the Holy Roman Empire, and open a strategic corridor for the Spanish troops from the Spanish Lombardy to the Spanish Netherlands.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c d Black p.135
  2. ^ a b c Parker p.119
  3. ^ a b Fajardo, p. 70

External linksEdit


  • Black, Jeremy. European Warfare 1494–1660. Routledge Publishing (2002) ISBN 978-0-415-27531-6
  • Parker, Geoffrey (1984). The Thirty Years' War. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. ISBN 0-415-15458-8
  • Fajardo, Diego de Saavedra (1986). España y Europa en el siglo XVII: correspondencia de Saavedra Fajardo.