The battle of Talavera in 1809 was one of the major battles of the Peninsular War and Arthur Wellesley’s first victory in Spain itself, following which he was created Viscount Wellington of Talavera and Wellington. Although Wellesely’s forces were outnumbered, and a sizeable contingent of the Spanish ran away, he had chosen a superb defensive position and was able to beat off successive French attacks, though at a heavy cost in terms of casualties. Although the French had withdrawn leaving Wellesley the master of the field, his high casualties and approaching French reinforcements led to Wellesley withdrawing to Portugal. His foray into Spain had an enormous effect on Spanish morale as they realized they were not alone in the struggle. British redcoats had had got to within 70km of Madraid, and they would return in future years.
"Tactics, strategies, and battle experiences make this a powerful survey, packed with color illustrations by Graham Turner that help recreate events." - James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review
"The events of this campaign are succinctly encapsulated by Chartrand in this 96-page paperback. The Canadian historian points out that Wellington’s foray and victory gave a tremendous lift to Spanish morale by letting them know they were not alone in their struggle against French domination. The British Redcoats had advanced to within about 63 miles of Madrid. They would soon march back into Spain to help chase the French out once and for all." Toy Soldier & Model Figure Magazine