19 November, 1809
Battle Tour Guides
Talavera and the British
withdrawal to Portugal, Spain's General Juan Carlos Areizaga
concentrated an army of some 50,000 men to defend southern
his sizeable force, Areizaga made the mistake of staying
too long in one place and allowed France's Marshal
Soult to concentrate his available forces - some 29,000
men - and make an attempt to bring the Spaniards to battle.
his enemy's intentions, Areizaga quickly retreated but was
caught at Ocana.
cavalry decided the battle and the centre of the Spanish
army was decisively crushed.
lost 4000 casualties and a further 15,000 men captured,
while Soult's army suffered some 2000 killed and wounded.