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Approach to the Battle of Murten 1476 / Varusteleka Remote Military March 2021

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Bloke, Chap and Pascal take on the @Varusteleka #remotemilitarymarch #remotemilitarymarch2021 in Switzerland, and use it as an excuse to talk about the context to the Battle of Murten (Schlacht bei Murten / Murtenschlacht / Bataille de Morat) 1476, an important battle in the Burgundian Wars, following a possible route of a Swiss peasant conscripted to fight with his pike or halberd in a Gewalthaufen formation. Fancy dress compulsory.

Explore the route here: https://map.schweizmobil.ch/?lang=en&land=wanderland&route=all&photos=yes&bgLayer=pk&logo=yes&season=summer&resolution=2.5&E=2575674&N=1196841&trackId=1802947933

Mike's Varusteleka windproof smock: https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/sarma-windproof-smock/34637

Spoiler: the Burgundians lost.

Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/bloke-on-the-range-store

Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Intro - Bloke
03:15 Link to map
03:34 Set off
03:46 Later
04:29 Soon after
04:50 Pascal's kit
05:27 Chappie discusses Burgundy
10:07 Continuing
10:18 Water
10:38 Mittelland - Bloke
11:03 Burgundian Wars - Chappie
14:35 Battle of Grandson – Pascal
17:50 Burgundian loot
20:58 Marching on…. 1
21:14 Old Bridge at Gümmenen – Build up to the battle
23:35 Buttoned up!
24:56 Buttoned up 2!
27:38 Cavalry!
27:48 Kit discussion – Pascal
30:00 Kit discussion – Chappie
33:38 Kit discussion – Bloke
37:40 Swiss marshalling area at Ulmiz
38:21 Numbers of the various forces
39:24 Tactics
41:24 Onwards and Upwards
42:00 Carts
42:17 Map
43:09 Marching on…. 2
44:19 Swiss and Burgundian lines 1
45:32 Swiss and Burgundian lines 2
46:16 Implausibility
47:00 Lunch stop!
47:29 Cheers!
47:38 At the chapel
49:28 Onward
50:38 First glimpse
51:19 Overlooking Murten – before the battle
54:55 Sore feet!
55:05 End point in sight
55:29 War memorial/oblelisk - Chappie
57:53 Summing up
59:02 End credits

About Bloke on the Range

Firearms history, blokesplaining firearms mechanics, mythbusting, shooting sports and kitschy sketches all in one place. An often dry and sarcastic look at whatever takes the Bloke's and the Chap's fancy in the world of guns and shooting.


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