Today in History
A few days earlier, Charles’ forces had slaughtered the surrendering soldiers of the garrison at Grandson, who were awaiting reinforcements.
All that did was fire up those pesky Swiss. On the day of the battle, the first group of soldiers emerged from the woods to engage Charles’ forces. They knelt in prayer, which the Burgundians took as a sign of surrender and they managed to surround the Swiss. Charles ordered his forces to pull back so the artillery could attack, but when the retreat began, the larger body of the Swiss army burst out of the woods. The Burgundians retreated, the rout was on, and while there were minimal casualties (for either side), the battle was important to the Swiss indeed.