The battle opened with a prolonged cannonade from the Spanish lines.
The battle began on both sides with a cannonade from several hundred guns.
The cannonade on the left flank will begin as soon as the guns of the right wing are heard.
He heard the cannonade behind him growing louder and more frequent.
haste towards the citadel, while its garrison sallied forth and began throwing up entrenchments in the quarter of Arab al-Yesgr, but were repulsed by the armed inhabitants and the soldiers stationed there; and during all this time the cannonade and bombardment from the citadel, and on it from the batteries on the hill, continued unabated.