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Editor says, what if the Swiss Confederates had been defeated by the Habsburgs? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the General thread.
In 1315,an army under the command of Duke Leopold I of Austria narrowly survived a Swiss ambush in the Morgarten Pass.
Ambush at the Morgarten PassThe architect of the clandestine attack was Werner Stauffacher. He had mobilized a a Swiss Confederation force of 1,500 infantry archers to regain their local autonomy within the Habsburg Empire.
The dispute had arisen despite the Swiss holding imperial letters of guarantee signed by former Emperors. And after a raid on the Habsburg-protected monastery of Einsiedeln, Duke Leopold I had set out to crush the rebellious Confederates. And his ultimate victory was the end of hopes to restore the Old Swiss Confederacy.
Editor says, in authoring this post we have repurposed content from Wikipedia which reports that the Swiss, led by Werner Stauffacher, thoroughly defeated the Austrians, who were under the command of Duke Leopold I of Austria. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.