Siege of Pizzighettone

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Siege of Pizzighettone
Part of the War of the Polish Succession
An Italian military map depicting Pizzighettone and Gera, 1733
Date11 November – 9 December 1733
near Pizzighettone, then in the Duchy of Milan, present-day Italy
Result Franco-Sardinian victory
Royal Standard of the King of France.svg  Kingdom of France
Flag of the Kingdom of Sardinia.svg  Kingdom of Sardinia
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg Austria

The Siege of Pizzighettone was the first major military engagement of the northern Italian campaigns of the War of the Polish Succession. Troops from France and the Kingdom of Sardinia began blockading the Habsburg Milanese fortress at Pizzighettone on 11 November 1733, commencing siege operations on 15 November. On 30 November the commander of the Austrian garrison negotiated a capitulation in which he promised to withdraw toward Mantua on 9 December if no relief arrived. As no reinforcements appeared by that time, the fortress' garrison withdrew with full honors on 9 December.

War of the Polish Succession war in Europe 1734–1738

The War of the Polish Succession (1733–35) was a major European war sparked by a Polish civil war over the succession to Augustus II, which the other European powers widened in pursuit of their own national interests. France and Spain, the two Bourbon powers, attempted to check the power of the Austrian Habsburgs in western Europe, as did the Kingdom of Prussia, whilst Saxony and Russia mobilized to support the eventual Polish victor. The slight amount of fighting in Poland resulted in the accession of Augustus III, who in addition to Russia and Saxony, was politically supported by the Habsburgs.

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