The Talavera Campaign: 2 August 1809

Map showing the positions of the main armies involved in the Talavera Campaign on 2 August. At this point Wellesley and Cuesta were unaware that three entire French corps were approaching them from the north west, and believed that they were only facing Marshal Soult's corps. Wellesley was considering attacking Soult, and would only change his mind on the following day, after a captured dispatch revealed how many French troops were approaching.
 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: 2 August 1809,

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