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El Bodon

Battle Name : El Bodon

Date(s) : 25 September 1811

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

Outcome : An inconclusive engagement between French Peninsular Army [Marmont] and British Peninsular Army [Picton]

Type of battle : Land


Wellington had left his army widely scattered in the face of Marmont's concentration. A strong cavalry [2,500] thrust led by Montbrun caught Picton's Third Division strung out over six miles. Exceptional work by five squadrons of cavalry, some Portugese gunners and the Fifth Foot gained the time for Picton to organize an orderly retreat. His division was then key to the safe re-assembly of the whole army.


A village in western Spain about 19 miles from the Portugese border and about 8 miles southwest of Ciudad Rodrigo. (Spain)

Casualty figures

French Peninsular Army [Marmont]

Number engaged :

Casualties :
200 (8.00%)

British Peninsular Army [Picton]

Number engaged :

Casualties :
149 (9.93%)