Bussaco 1810 Paperback / softback
Illustrated by Patrice Courcelle
Part of the Osprey Campaign S. series
By 1810 Viscount Wellington had been forced onto the defensive.
Napoleon was not about to give up and ordered a third massive invasion of Portugal.
Wellington was now faced by 80,000 men of the Army of Portugal under Marshal Massena.
At Bussaco on 27 September the British/Portuguese force offered battle.
They had taken up a strong defensive position on high ground.
Massena was perhaps too confident; the determined attacks of the French were all repulsed with the loss of 4500 French casualties against less than 1300 for the Anglo-Portuguese.
This title shows how Bussaco was both a stinging defeat for the French army, and a demonstration of the courage and quality of the newly reorganized Portuguese army.
It includes coverage of the construction of the defence lines around Lisbon - a masterpiece of military engineering.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 96 pages, 12 colour & 75 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 16/11/2001
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781841763101