Badajoz 1812: Wellington's Bloodiest Siege by Ian Fletcher

By Ian Fletcher

The storming of Badajoz used to be an epic motion which concerned Wellington’s infantry in probably the most savage hand-to hand struggling with of the entire Peninsular conflict. At appalling rate in a nightmare attack through the evening of the 6 April 1812, Wellington’s squaddies hacked their far more than the our bodies in their lifeless and wounded and during the large medieval partitions of town. those have been held with nice tenacity, ability and braveness via a resolute French and German garrison. Having stormed town the battle-crazed military went berserk and the horrors of the sacking which undefined, up to the elegant braveness of the attackers, have handed into legend.

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