Battle of Vimeiro on 21st August 1808 in the Peninsular War: picture by William Heath
Battle of Vimeiro:Sir Arthur Wellesley’s (later the Duke of Wellington) victory over the French army of Marshal Junot in Portugal on 21st August 1808, that nearly ruined his military career.
Battle of Corunna:The escape of the British army from Corunna on 16th January 1809 and the death of Sir John Moore at the moment of success.
Battle of Douro:Sir Arthur Wellesley’s (later the Duke of Wellington) successful Passage of the River Douro at Oporto on 12th May 1809, forcing the French under Marshal Soult into headlong retreat to Spain.
Battle of Talavera:The British victory south of Madrid on 28th July 1809 over Joseph Bonaparte, the King imposed on Spain by Napoleon, and his French army.
Battle of Busaco:Wellington’s highly successful holding battle against Massena on 27th Septemer 1810, as the British and Portuguese army withdrew to Lisbon and the Lines of Torres Vedras.
Battle of Barossa:General Graham’s notable victory over the French during the march to Cadiz on 5th March 1811.
Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro:Wellington’s hard fought battle on 3rd to 5th May 1811 to prevent Massena relieving the fortress of Almeida.
Battle of Albuera:Beresford’s hard fought battle against Marshal Soult on 16th May 1811 with his army of British, Portuguese and Spanish troops.
Battle of Salamanca:Wellington’s victory on 22nd July 1812 over the French army of Marshal Marmont that led to the capture of Madrid.
Battle of Vitoria:Wellington’s decisive defeat of Joseph Bonaparte’s French army on 21st June 1813.
Map of Spain and Portugal during the Peninsular War 1808 to 1814