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Badajoz, third British siege

Battle Name : Badajoz, third British siege

Date(s) : 16 March 1812 - 07 April 1812

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

Outcome : A victory for Anglo-Portugese Forces over Franco-German Garrison

Type of battle : Land, Seige


Wellington brought 17,000 troops and heavy artillery to open the third siege of Badajoz. The garrison of 5,000 was ably led by General Phillipon. Little progress had been made when intelligence indicated that strong relief forces were probably on their way. On the 6th April Wellington ordered an all out assault on the virtually undamage defences. British losses were high before Picton's division broke through in a frontal assault and Leith's division stormed the north-western ramparts. The French withdrew into San Cristobal fort but surrendered on terms the following day.


The fortress town of Badajoz, Spain, about 120 miles due East of Lisbon (Spain)

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