16 March, 1812
Spanish Battle Tour
than 30,000 British troops blockaded the fortress at Badajoz,
which commanded the southern route between Spain and Portugal.
siege commenced and by 6 April the 5000 defenders were steeling
themselves to be attacked through three breaches.
night assaults began bloodily against the formidable defences
and more than 40 times did the redcoats throw themselves
By midnight, two entries to the city had been forced and
an hour later the defenders under General Phillipon holed
up in Fort San Christobal and accepted terms later that
French losses were almost 1500 men, while some 3500 British
troops became casualties.