as it were in view of the German army


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Hi everyone, this is from Colonel Jack by Defoe. (1722)
Question: Does “in view of the German army” mean German Army keeps Gaustalia under their surveillance?

The best testimony the royal army had of the victory, and which was certainly the better of the two, was, that, two days after the fight, they attacked Guastalia, as it were in view of the German army, and forced the garrison to surrender, and to swear not to serve again for six months, which, they being fifteen hundred men, was a great loss to the Germans
  • owlman5

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    Assuming that Defoe used "as it were" in the same way that later writers did, then it means something like "which happened to be in view of the German army", so the German army could see Guastalia, where the garrison was.
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