Errembault de Dudzeele et d’Orroir was a Dutch Army captains, a veteran of Napoleonic Wars and later comissioned thousand miles away from His homes to Java as "Java Oorlog" (eng: Java War) broke out in 1825 till 1830. Almost 150 years later, His diary founded by a French researchers, Henry Chambert-Loir in a flea market. One of the interested part from His diary was His records on the Battle of Plered as part of Java War, one's of the bloodiest war on Java lead by Dipanegara, a Javanese Prince that choose to revolt against Dutch possession in Java.
Errembault described the battle that occured on June 9th 1826 in “Plerette" (Plérèd), a former sultanate residence but was neglected for a long times. It has a fortification of stoned wall, 7 meters high with the length of over 1,5 kilometers. The battle starts at five in the morning with the combination of Dutch Army and "Hulptroepen" with the strength of 4.200 soldiers. They began with shelling the wall but failed to tear it down as They also got a persitent attacks from the Dipanegara troops by several howitzers and plenty of muskets that made it hard to reach by ladder. Then They found a weak perimeter that made the possibility to storms the Dipanegara troops insides this ancient fortifications.
The Dipanegara troops disintegrates as They trying to save themselves from flashing sabres from Dutch cavalry. "Then the terrible massacres begun, thousands of them were killed by our bayonets", wrote Errembault described the events that thousands of the Dipanegara troops were slaughtered on that day. The battle ended at dawn and celebrated by looting as the soldiers try to get their war trophy. As well as Errembault as in His diary He wrotes, "for me a good horses is enough, and also a good sword and a pieces of golden rings in the form of snakes with seven diamond on top of it" #liburandikbud2018
Sources: National Geographic Indonesia - Perang Dipanegara dalam Catatan Harian Serdadu Semasa
1. Ruins of Grand Mosque of Plered, part of the Sultanate residence still in archaeological excavations by Gajah Mada University.
2. Skecth titled "Bestorming van Pleret" by G. Kepper, depicted the Battle of Plered.