1759 - 1827
leading Spanish general Joachim Blake was not the best tactician
but made up for his lack of skill with bravery, good organisation
and a knowledge of his own limitations.
Irish descent, Blake became Captain General of Galicia in 1808 and
found himself up against invading French forces at Medina
del Rio Seco, Espinosa and Pan
Corbo, although then immediately won a victory at Valmaceda.
defeats followed and in 1809 resigned his command.
1810 he took over the army based at Cadiz but his run of defeats
continued at Baza and Albuera.
this he gained higher command with the armies of Valencia and Aragon,
but was besieged by Marshal Suchet
in Valencia and was forced to surrender in 1812.
in Vincennes for the duration of the Peninsular
War, Blake went into politics and was a liberal.
He was a strict, brave and able general - but is regarded as being