Welcome to British Battles (britishbattles.com).
Welcome to Britishbattles.com the site that gives you the battles fought by Britain and its Empire forces, illustrated and mapped.
Click on the battle you wish to view in the left margin list. The battles are listed chronologically by war.
Our most recently posted battles are:
Battle of Talavera (an extensive re-write)
The British victory south of Madrid on 28th July 1809 over Joseph Bonaparte, the King imposed on Spain by Napoleon, and his French army in the Peninsular War.
Battle of the Douro (a full re-write)
This battle, also known as the Second Battle of Oporto, saw Sir Arthur Wellesley’s (later the Duke of Wellington) successful Passage of the River Douro at Oporto in Portugal, on 12th May 1809 during the Peninsular War, forcing Marshal Soult’s French army into headlong and disastrous retreat to Spain.
Battle of Corunna (a full re-write)
The battle, also known as the Battle of Elviña, that ensured the escape of the British army from Spain on 16th January 1809, during the Peninsular War, with the death of Sir John Moore at the moment of success.
The battle fought at Cacabelos bridge on 3rd January 1809 during Sir John Moore’s retreat to Corunna in the Peninsular War.
The second cavalry battle, fought on 29th December 1808, establishing the early predominance of British cavalry over French in the Peninsular War.
The dawn attack by the British 15th Hussars, on 21st December 1808 in the snow, that routed a French cavalry brigade and set the standard for British cavalry in the Peninsular War; ‘Success to the Fifteenth; and ‘God Save the King’.
Battle of Vimeiro (a comprehensive re-write)
Sir Arthur Wellesley’s (later the Duke of Wellington) victory over the French army of Marshal Junot in Portugal on 21st August 1808, in the opening stages of the Peninsular War; a battle that nearly ruined Wellesley’s military career.
The first battle fought by the British in the Peninsular War, on 17th August 1808; also, the first of the string of victories over the French won by Sir Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington.
The terrible night-time clash outside Bayonne on 14th April 1814, that marked the end of the Peninsular War, but occurred after the abdication of the Emperor Napoleon on 4th April 1814.
The Battle fought by Wellington against Marshal Soult on 10th April 1814 outside the French City of Toulouse in Southern France; the last battle fought by Wellington in the Peninsular War.
The Action fought by Wellington against Marshal Soult on 20th March 1814 in Southern France; where the three Battalions of the 95th Rifles distinguished themselves
The Battle fought on 2nd February 1814 in the south-west of France that saw Wellington push Marshal Soult’s Army of the Pyrenees back across the River Adour
The Battle fought on the last day of the crossing of the River Nive by Wellington’s army, on 13th December 1813; described as some of the fiercest fighting of the Peninsular War.
The Storming on 4th May 1799 of Tipu Sultan’s palace fortress, leading to the death of Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore: A key battles in the conquest of South India by the British and one of the Duke of Wellington’s early actions.
The Battle fought between 9th and 13th December 1813; Wellington’s army crossing the River Nive and moving further into France; a battle with some of the fiercest fighting of the Peninsular War.
The Battle fought on 10th November 1813, during the Peninsular War; Wellington’s army crossing the River Nivelle and moving from the Pyrenees Mountains into the plains of France.
The Battle fought on 7th October 1813, during the Peninsular War, when Wellington’s army crossed the River Bidassoa into France.
The Battle fought on 31st August and 1st September 1813 along the French border, during the Peninsular War; with Spanish troops decisively repelling the French attack.
The Battle fought between 25th July and 2nd August 1813 in the western Pyrenees Mountains, during the Peninsular War; Wellington decisively repelling Marshal Soult’s incursion across the border, intended to re-establish French occupation of Spain
The hard-fought struggle to capture San Sebastian, the small city port on the north-east coast of Spain near the French border, between 11th July and 9th September 1813 in the Peninsular War
Wellington’s retreat to Ciudad Rodrigo following the unsuccessful Attack on Burgos in the autumn of 1812 in the Peninsular War
The Battle of Vitoria in the Peninsular (a comprehensive re-write)
Wellington’s decisive defeat of Joseph Bonaparte’s French army on 21stJune 1813 in North-Eastern Spain in the Peninsular War
The clash in the mountains of Northern Spain on 18th June 1813 between the van of Wellington’s advancing army and General Reille’s French ‘Army of Portugal’, withdrawing on Vitoria.
The Battle of Morales de Toro fought in the Peninsular War:
The successful cavalry action fought by the British Hussar Brigade against the French 16th and 21st Dragoons on 1st June 1813.
The Attack on the City of Burgos in the Peninsular War:
Wellington’s unsuccessful assault on the Spanish City of Burgos between 19th September and 25th October 1812, following the Battle of Salamanca.
The Battle of Magdala in the Abyssinian War:
Sir Robert Napier’s capture, on 13th April 1868, of the Fortress of Magdala, stronghold of the Emperor Theodore III of Abyssinia.
Wellington’s victory on 22nd July 1812 over the French army of Marshal Marmont, leading to the re-capture of Madrid; also known as the Battle of Los Arapiles or Les Arapiles.
A war recently chronicled on British Battles is the ‘Wars of the Roses’.
British Battles has published battles of the English Civil War:
The Battle of Edgehill is the first important battle.
We have on our site a long list of battles with descriptions of what took place and other essential information. Most of our pages have a map of the battle designed and drafted by our own Military Cartographer, John Fawkes
While our battles are primarily British battles there are many other battles of interest including all the important battles fought by Frederick the Great, King of Prussia in the Mid-18th Century.
All the battles are extensively illustrated with pictures both well-known and more obscure. Prints of many of these pictures can be purchased through the site as can the maps.
Map of the Battle of Minden fought on 1st August 1759 by the Prussians, Hanoverians, Hessians and the British against the French; at which the British infantry made their famous advance against the French cavalry with roses in their hats, an episode celebrated every year by the “Minden Regiments”
Our most recent additions are:
- The British capture of Manila in 1762
- The North-West Frontier of India in the late 19th Century: Black Mountain 1888, Black Mountain 1891, Waziristan 1904, Siege and Relief of Chitral 1895, Malakand Rising 1897, Malakand Field Force 1897 (in which Winston Churchill fought) and the Mohmand Field Force 1897.
- Bannockburn 1314
- The battles of Frederick the Great:
Among the other battles and wars on the site are:
- The Seven Years War 1756 to 1763: Minden, Emsdorff, Warburg, Kloster Kamp, Vellinghausen and Wilhelmstadt.
- The Spanish Armada
General Braddock’s March to Fort Cumberland through the Northern Neck of
Virginia and through Maryland – March – May 1755 – Map by John Fawkes
Map of the Battle of Blenheim 2nd August 1704 by John Fawkes