The Battle of Barrosa was an unexpected British victory in the Peninsular War. Caught strung out on the march on a mountain road by a superior French army, the British should have been annihilated, but instead gained a stunning victory.
In the spring of 1811, the French were laying siege to the Spanish city of Cadiz, in which the Spanish government sheltered. The British general Sir Thomas Graham marched to relieve the city, aided by a Spanish army under General la Pena. But when La Pena did not make the rendezvous, French Marshal Victor was able to ambush the British in the mountains around the village of Barrosa. What followed was a classic example of British line tactics facing up to French column tactics in battle. .
Written by a military author of great experience, this book explains the way battles were fought two centuries ago and explains the course of the action in an accessible but authoritative style.
This lavishly illustrated ebook is a must for anyone interested in the Peninsular War. This book forms part of the Bretwalda Battles series on The Peninsular War.
Chapter 1 - The Peninsular War
Chapter 2 - The Commanders at Barrosa
Chapter 3 - Weapons, Soldiers and Tactics
Chapter 4 - The French Army
Chapter 5 - The Spanish Army
Chapter 6 - The British Army
Chapter 7 - The Battle of Barrosa
Chapter 8 - After Barrosa
About the Author
Oliver Hayes is a military historian who has written extensively for books and magazines on different aspects of the military. He is now writing a series of books on the Peninsular War for Bretwalda Books.