By 1810, Napoleon reigned supreme over most of continental Europe. But the Iberian Peninsula remained unsubdued, particularly Portugal, which continued to resist. Napoleon ordered Marshal Masséna to crush this resistance with the Army of Portugal. Greatly strengthened, Masséna's army would drive the Portuguese and British into the sea. Facing the French were 60,000 British and Portuguese troops. No-one knew how the Portuguese would perform in battle, but on 27 September 1810, they received their baptism of fire. This title details the gruelling Bussaco campaign as French attempts to subdue Portugal reached their climax.

Contents

Origins of the Campaign
Chronology
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Armies
Opposing Plans
Massna invades northern Portugal
The Siege of Almeida
Wellington on the defensive
The Battle of Bussaco
Aftermath
The Battlefield today
Bibliography
Index

Bussaco 1810

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