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St. Pierre

Battle Name : St. Pierre

Date(s) : 13 December 1813

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

Outcome : A victory for British Peninsular Army over French Army of Spain [Soult]

Type of battle : Land


After the four day battle of Nive a sudden rise in the river levels destroyed Wellington's internal lines of support. Hill's Corps were holding strong positions on three hills near the village of St. Pierre. Soult concentrated a force against them with more than a two to one advantage. The British conducted a dogged defence from 8 am until early afternoon when Wellington arrived with the first of four reinforcing divisions. Before the British could launch a counter-attack Soult withdrew his troops into the town of Bayonne.


St. Pierre stands on the east bank of the river Nive about 3 miles from Bayonne, south-western France. (France)

Casualty figures

French Army of Spain [Soult]

Number engaged :

Casualties :
3,000 (90.91%)

British Peninsular Army

Number engaged :

Casualties :
1,775 (12.68%)