31 October, 1808
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Napoleon Bonaparte was trying to catch Spain's General
Joachim Blake, bring him to battle and destroy him,
Marshal Lefebvre ruined the plan by launching an attack
before all was ready.
while the French were not fully positioned, neither was
Blake who seemed shaken by sudden appearance of Fench attack
some reason he sent the bulk of his cannons to the rear
before the battle had been joined.
an enemy with little artillery
support, Lefebvre's 21,000-strong corps quickly defeated
Blake's 19,000 troops.
600 casualties - twice that of the French - Blake retreated
quickly to Valmaceda where
he scored a notable victory.