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The Duke of Wellington laid siege to Burgos twice, the first being a costly failure, while the second a quick victory.

The first attempt against the 2000 Frenchmen garrisoning the fortress was hampered by huge amounts of rain and a lack of British siege artillery.

Progress was woefully slow and despite gaining footholds in Burgos, the British were never able to seriously threaten its security.

The gathering of two French forces to relieve the defenders sparked a British withdrawal. The month-long siege had cost Wellington more than 2000 men, while the French lost only some 600.

Ten months later, a second move on Burgos captured the city within two days.



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