The Talavera Campaign: 11 August 1809

The Talavera Campaign: 11 August 1809
Map showing the positions of the main armies on 11 August 1809. Ney's failure at Almaraz and Victor's unwillingness to move west along the southern banks of the Tagus have ended any chance of a major French victory, and so King Joseph and Marshal Jourdan have ordered Marshal Ney to return to the north of Spain, Soult to take up a position at Plasenscia, Mortier to watch the Tagus at Almaraz and called Marshal Victor east to help deal with Venegas. Wellesley and Cuesta were safe on the south bank of the river, and hoped to remain there to threaten the French positions, but on 20 August a lack of supplies forced Wellesley to retreat to Badajoz.
 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: 11 August 1809,

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