Battle of Talavera: The Night Attack, 27-28 July 1809


The night attack at Talavera, 27-28 July 1809. Only one part of Victor's corps was involved, and only the 9th Leger regiment had any success, smashing through the British front line and reaching the top of the Cerro de Medellin before being repulsed. The 96th Regiment failed to advance across the ravine in front of the British lines, and the 24th moved too far north, and missed the British lines.
 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 (17 March 2008), Battle of Talavera: The Night Attack, 27-28 July 1809, http://www.historyofwar.org/Maps/maps_talavera_night_attack.html

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