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Povoa de Lanhoso

Battle Name : Povoa de Lanhoso

Date(s) : 20 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


Soult, commanding II Corps, ordered a direct frontal assault against a much larger force. However most of the Portugese were local peasants virtually unarmed given the nature of warfare at that time. About 4,000 were butchered.


A village in northern Portugal about 6 miles east of Braga. (Portugal)

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
600 (3.60%)

Portugese Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
4,400 (20.00%)