The Peninsular War (4)
1807 to 1814
Battles Location Map
Suggestions for Portugal
Deaths in British Army Hospitals
towards the city, he attacked a blocking force under Beresford
battle was up-close and nasty with the two lines of troops
only seperated by 20 paces. In the end it was the obstinacy
of the British that won them the battle.
Soult said he had defeated the redcoats, only they did not
know the meaning of the word.
Wellington's army was the master of countryside, the French
still garrisoned the key fortresses of Badajoz and Ciudad
mighty towns stood as gatekeepers into Spain and the British
leader knew he had to capture them before taking on the
French in Spain.
careful of his mens' lives as he was, Wellington lost caution
when storming fortresses and both Ciudad
Rodrigo (19 January) and Badajoz
(19 April) were extremely bloody affairs that cost thousands
of British lives and then thousands more inside the cities
as the redcoats were given free reign.
The sacking of both brought little honour to Britain.
Moving quickly into Spain, Wellington found himself up against
a new French commander - Marshal
Auguste Marmont - but dealt with him the same way as
the others and defeated him at Salamanca.
was freed but, being unable to capture the fortress at Burgos,
the British had to make another retreat into safety in Portugal.
back of French occupation was broken at the battle of Vitoria
where King Joseph not only lost his crown, but also millions
of pounds worth of treasure.
Soult now took over command of a unified French force and
conducted a brilliant series of rearguard battles through
Wellington forced his way through, overran the border fortresses,
defeated Soult at Orthez and then, finally, at Toulouse.
Peninsular War was finally over.