The Talavera Campaign: 28 July 1809, the Day of the Battle

Spain in Mid June 1809 at the start of the Talavera Campaign
Map showing the location of the main armies in Spain in on 28 July 1809, the day of the battle of Talavera. Wellesley's plan of campaign was beginning to unravel. The Spanish army of General Venegas had failed to keep General Sebastiani's 4th Corps occupied south east of Madrid, and so Wellesley and Cuesta faced two French corps at Talavera. Unknown to Wellesley, Marshal Soult had been given command of Ney's 6th Corps and Mortier's 5th Corps as well as his own 2nd Corps, and this combined force was gathering around Salamanca. Mortier's corps left Salamanca heading for Plasencia on the day before the battle, with Soult three days behind.
 A History of the Peninsular War vol.2: Jan.-Sept. 1809 - From the Battle of Corunna to the end of the Talavera Campaign, Sir Charles Oman. Part two of Oman's classic history falls into two broad sections. The first half of the book looks at the period between the British evacuation from Corunna and the arrival of Wellesley in Portugal for the second time, five months when the Spanish fought alone, while the second half looks at Wellesley's campaign in the north of Portugal and his first campaign in Spain. One of the classic works of military history.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (13 March 2008), The Talavera Campaign: the Armies on 28 July,

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