19 July, 1808
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surrender of two small French forces at Bailen sent shockwaves
throughout the French empire.
23,000 men, under the overall command of General Dupont,
found themselves separated and trapped without water facing
French made five sorties to break out on 19 May, but without
success and, after two days of talks, agreed to throw down
Dupont was jailed on his return to France, but was restored
to the military by the Bourbons.