5 November, 1808

Valmaceda was a notable Spanish victory over part of a widely spread French force under Marshal Victor and occurred while the Spaniards were retreating from Pan Corbo.

With part of his army trapped, General Joachim Blake took advantage of reinforcements under General Pedro Romana and swung around at lightning speed to rescue the isolated unit.

His 24,000 men caught some 12,000 French troops by surprise and sent them into headlong flight. They left behind some 500 killed, wounded and captured, while Blake suffered only light casualties.

Despite the victory, he was soon retreating again.





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