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Almeida [French siege]

Battle Name : Almeida [French siege]

Date(s) : 25 July 1810 - 27 August 1810

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

Outcome : A victory for French Forces over Portugese Garrison

Type of battle : Land, Seige


Marshalls Massena and Ney commanded the investing force [Ney's VI Corps] with Junot's VIII Corps formed the covering force some distance away. A strong fortress and a determined garrison looked to hold up the French for a much longer time. In total the French had 100 guns but the 50 siege guns did not get into operation until the 26th August. A chance shot managed to penetrate the main magazine the explosion of which gutted the town. Most of the Portugese fatalities [600] were as the result of this explosion.


The fortress of Almeida about 10 miles from the Spanish border inside Portugal a little north of the latitude of Madrid. (Portugal)

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
380 (2.38%)

Portugese Garrison

Number engaged :

Casualties :
5,000 (100.00%)