Battle of Baylen, 18 July 1808

Battle of Baylen, 18 July 1808
The situation around Baylen on 18 July. Even at this point, the French defeat was by no means certain - Dupont could have attacked Castanos across the Guadalquiver with a good chance of success, leaving Reding isolated at Baylen. Instead, Dupont decided to retreat towards Baylen and La Carolina, but delayed the move until the night.
History of the Peninsular War vol.1: 1807-1809 - From the Treaty of Fontainebleau to the Battle of Corunna, Sir Charles Oman. The first volume of Oman's classic seven volume history of the Peninsular War, this is one of the classic works of military history and provides an invaluable detailed narrative of the fighting in Spain and Portugal. This first volume covers the initial French intervention, the start of the Spanish uprising, the early British involvement in Spain and Portugal and Napoleon's own brief visit to Spain.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (19 March 2008), Battle of Baylen, 18 July 1808,

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