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What would military spies in 17th century Europe be looking for inside a city, before a siege?

Supplies, Morale, Weaknesses Before a siege a spy would be most interested in the following information: Food/Water supply: This determines how long a city can withstand a siege. Remember that, ...
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What would military spies in 17th century Europe be looking for inside a city, before a siege?

Spies collect all kind of information. They gather data, and, for the best of them, separate the wheat from the chaff, in order to transmit only the best information. From Les espions au Moyen Âge (...
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What would military spies in 17th century Europe be looking for inside a city, before a siege?

The typical concern with infiltrators during a siege is that they will open the gates, giving the besieging army an easy entrance to the fortified area without having to fight so much.1 This is such a ...
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What determined which defensive structures were built and where they were located for 17th European century cities?

There were treatises on the "scientific" placement of defensive works, notably by the Marquis of Vauban. But he was neither the first nor the last to write this up. They were designed to put ...
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