28 July, 1813
30 July, 1813
Battle Tour Guides
Marshal Soult counterattacking through the Pyrenees, Sir
Arthur Wellesley collected a sizeable force, some 24,000
men, and moved to stop him at Sorauren.
on a reconnaissance, Wellesley was almost captured by the
French, but managed to elude them and return to his main
who had 60,000 troops at his disposal, launched an uphill
assault with just under half of them and was met by determined
fighting at the top of the ridge was bitter and bloody,
but the defenders held the French off.
reinforcements arrived and Wellesley sent them to assault
the enemy right flank. More fresh units reached the field
and soon Soult was ordering a withdrawal.
French suffered 4000 casualties, while Wellesley's army
lost 2600 men.
smaller battles occurred two days later as the French tried
to get between Wellesley's army and the troops surrounding
Tolosa, General Hill fended one attempt off and a night
retreat, again near Sorauren, cost the French 3500 casualties.
his momentum dead in the water, Soult withdrew into France
to prepare his defences against the imminent British offensive.