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Ciudad Rodrigo, French siege of

Battle Name : Ciudad Rodrigo, French siege of

Date(s) : 25 June 1810 - 09 July 1810

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

Outcome : A victory for French Forces [The Army of Portugal] over Spanish Garrison

Type of battle : Land, Seige


Massena, given an army of 65,000 men and orders by Napoleon to take Portugal, found the town and fortress of Ciudad Rodrigo commanded the road over the frontier. He gave the task of taking the fortress to Ney's VI Corps. The Spanish garrison of 5,500 under the command of Andreas Herrasti put up a gallant but eventually hopeless defence.


A fortified city in central western Spain about 15 miles from the Portugese border. (Spain)

Casualty figures

Spanish Garrison

Number engaged :

Casualties :
1,200 (2.86%)

French Forces [The Army of Portugal]

Number engaged :

Casualties :
5,500 (100.00%)