The Talavera Campaign: the Armies in Mid-June

Spain in Mid June 1809 at the start of the Talavera Campaign
Map showing the location of the main armies in Spain in mid-June 1809, at the start of the Talavera Campaign. Wellesley's plan took advantage of the temporary weakness of the French position around Madrid. Wellesley and Cuesta were to attack Marshal Victor west of Madrid, while General Venegas would prevent General Sebastiani's 4th Corps from intervening. Ney's corps was believed to be tied up in Galicia, and Soult's to have been too badly damaged on the retreat from Portugal to take part in the campaign.
 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 in Mid-June 1809,

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