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Tordesillas


Battle Name : Tordesillas

Date(s) : 28 October 1812

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

Outcome : A victory for French Forces over British Allied troops

Type of battle : Land

Summary

A tiny but highly significant engagement. Half a company of Brunswick J├Ągers were guarding an important bridge over the river Duero. Captain Guingret and 54 men of the French 6th Light Infantry Regiment swam the river and attacked the Bruswickers from their rear. The surprise was complete and caused the commander to panic and abandon the bridge. The massive effect was to turn the line of the Duero and force Wellington to continue to withdraw.

Location

A town in northern Spain on the north bank of the river Duero about 18 miles southwest of Valladolid. (Spain)

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :
54

Casualties :
0 (0.00%)

British Allied troops

Number engaged :
60

Casualties :
9 (15.00%)