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Battle Name : Oporto

Date(s) : 29 March 1809

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , The Peninsular Campaign ,

Outcome : A victory for French Forces over Portugese Forces

Type of battle : Land


The number, 24,000, of Portugese exaggrerates their strength. Only 4,500 were trained regular troops. Soult accurately assessed the situation and attacked in strength. The untrained mob of Portugese broke and ran. In addition to the troops losses the loss among the civillian population was extremely heavy.


A fortified port on the River Douro in northwestern Portugal. (Portugal)

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
2,072 (12.19%)

Portugese Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
8,225 (34.27%)