Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Somewhere in Spain…the Battle of Valladolid

Amidst the tumult of the Peninsular War, the Battle of Valladolid emerges as a defining clash of courage and strategy. As British and allied forces confront the relentless French advance at the Deuro River, the stage is set for a pivotal moment in history. In the chaos of battle, the fate of nations hangs in the balance.


With events unfolding along the Deuro River, the Battle of Valladolid emerges as a pivotal chapter, fraught with tension. As the British and their allies seek a crucial crossing point.

The British with one brigade already entrenched to defend the crossing, the Spanish, Portuguese, and 2nd British brigade find themselves thrust into the fray, forced to hold their ground against the onslaught of three French brigades under the command of Gen. Girard



Amidst the cacophony of gunfire and the thunderous clash of sabres, the battlefield erupts into a maelstrom of battle.
The Spanish cavalry, spurred by valor and determination, charge headlong into the fray, their sabres flashing in the sunlight as they clash with the formidable 51st Ligne.
In a flurry of desperate maneuvers, the Spanish forces manage to break the French advance, forcing them to give ground and regroup their lines.

The reserves rush to prevent a gap forming. The French left is halted as the French right and center form a firing line. The French 64th in the center lets loose a deadly volley.

Within minutes the Portuguese cavalry and leading infantry battalion are driven off. This forces the Spanish to pullback and bolster the line.

Even as the allies muster their defenses and prepare for the relentless onslaught, reports begin to filter in of the looming threat posed by the French Heavy Cavalry and Dragoons closing in on their flank.

Sensing the imminent danger, the allies are left with no choice but to abandon their positions and make a strategic withdrawal towards the safety of Tordesillas.

But Girard, ever the cunning tactician, refuses to let his quarry slip away. 

He marshals his forces into a massive attack column, comprised of the formidable 88th Ligne and Converged Grenadiers, and hurls them into the widening gap between the Spanish and Portuguese lines.

The allies buckle under the weight of the French onslaught, their defenses shattered and their retreat hastened by the relentless advance of their adversaries.

As the dust settles and the echoes of battle fade into the distance, the fate of the allies hangs in the balance. With the British brigade isolated on the other side of the Deuro River, facing a grueling journey fraught with peril, the question remains: will they be able to regroup and secure a crossing intact? 

Or will the French, emboldened by their victory at Valladolid, continue to thwart their every move?

The answers lie shrouded in the fog of war, waiting to be unveiled in the next gripping chapter of Somewhere in Spain!

Oman, Charles. "A History of the Peninsular War: Volume III: September 1809 to December 1810." Oxford University Press, 1932.

Volume III of Oman's "A History of the Peninsular War" provides a comprehensive account of the events spanning from September 1809 to December 1810, including the pivotal Battle of Valladolid. Through meticulous research and detailed analysis, Oman delves into the strategic maneuvers, key engagements, and political developments that shaped this critical period in the Peninsular War.


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