Most civilians encountered soldiers as unwelcome intruders who disturbed the peace of their community. Often, the troops were only passing through, stopping just long enough to rest and consume anything worth taking. Others stayed longer as expensive garrisons in strategic towns [see Docs 125–6]. Civic officials found themselves overruled by commandants who did as they pleased. The community’s normal routine was completely suspended if the other side approached and the garrison prepared for a siege [Doc. 133]. The consequences of prolonged but ultimately unsuccessful resistance were all too graphically demonstrated by Magdeburg’s fate [see Docs 79–90].
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