5 March, 1811
Battle Tour Guides
his blockade of the southern port of Cadiz, Marshal
Victor heard of a combined British and Spanish force
moving to attack him in the rear.
his force, he moved the bulk - some 7000 men - against the
enemy moving from the direction of their landing point at
Tarifa, between Cape Trafalgar and Gibraltar.
they outnumbered Victor's troops by three-to-one, the Anglo-Spanish
force only had just over 5000 British troops under the command
of Sir Thomas Graham.
The Spanish were led by the Count de la Pena and cooperation
between the two allies was poor to say the least.
their artillery stuck in boggy ground, the French launched
an infantry assault and began a bloody exchange with Graham's
men, the Spanish having abandonned the British.
action died down at sunset and Graham, fearing French reinforcements
were high on both sides with the British losing some 1200
men, while Victor suffered more than 2000.