Talavera 1809

Wellington’s lightning strike into Spain

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Talavera 1809

Wellington’s lightning strike into Spain

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The battle of Talavera in 1809 was one of the major battles of the Peninsular War and Arthur Wellesley's first victory in Spain itself, following which he was created Viscount Wellington of Talavera and Wellington. Although Wellesely's forces were outnumbered, and a sizeable contingent of the Spanish ran away, he had chosen a superb defensive position and was able to beat off successive French attacks, though at a heavy cost in terms of casualties. Although the French had withdrawn leaving Wellesley the master of the field, his high casualties and approaching French reinforcements led to Wellesley withdrawing to Portugal. His foray into Spain had an enormous effect on Spanish morale as they realized they were not alone in the struggle. British redcoats had had got to within 70km of Madraid, and they would return in future years.

Table of Contents

Origins of the campaign /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing forces /Opposing plans /The Talavera campaign /Aftermath /The battlefield today /Further reading /Index

Product details

Published 20 Mar 2013
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781780961804
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 30 b/w; 42 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 253
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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René Chartrand

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Graham Turner

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