Last minute hotel reservation!

 

Jose de Palafox y Melzi

Spanish General
1776 - 1847

Charles IVA highly connected aristocrat, Jose de Palafox y Melzi was extremely loyal to the Spanish royal family and after their removal to France thought about launching a rescue mission.

As Captain-General of Aragon, Palafox led the heroic defence of Saragossa against the French.

Initially, his plans did not seem to include holding out in the poor defences of the city - he had only 1500 troops available - and he left when the French army crossed the horizon on 15 June 1808.

General Lefebvre-Desnouettes launched an immediate assault, which was unexpectedly thrown back with heavy losses - some 700 men were killed.

As the attackers settled in for a siege, Palafox collected reinforcements and, after a failed first attempt, managed to get himself and his troops into Saragossa.

Palafox then set about strengthening the city's defences and turned it effectively into a maze of defensive positions.

The new French commander, General Verdier, sent in a new assault on 4 August and managed to get a foothold in the city.

He sent a message calling for Saragossa to surrender but it was met by Palafox's reply: "War to the knife."

 
 
Napoleon Bonaparte
Career Portraits
Quotes Family
Loves Letters
Plots Murdered?
His will Places
   
Era of Napoleon
Powers Opponents
Coalitions Allies
People Timelines
Key sites Shrapnel
   
Warfare
Campaigns Battles
Armies Generals
Marshals Winners
Glossary Medical
Weapons 1812 War
Uniforms Battlefields
   
War at Sea
Naval War Heroes
Artworks Signals
Nelson Trafalgar
   
Maps
Key Maps Peninsula
Animated 1796/1800
1809 Russia
   
French Revolution
Revolution Guillotine
Posters People
   
Art, Film, Games
Education Goya
Sharpe Hornblower
Books Movies
DVDs Music
Wargames Images
Cartoons Caricatures
   
Other
About Us Sources
Awards Sitemap
Links Militaria
Miniatures Reenactors
Forum Quizzes
Home Waterloo Diorama
   
Napoleonic Auctions
General Miniatures
Militaria  
   
   
Copyright Richard Moore 1999 | Privacy Policy | Contact Us