Battle Tour Guides
Thomas Picton's 3rd Division was surprised at El Bodon
by a strong French cavalry force of about 2500 men under
force included some 1000 infantry, half as many cavalry
and two Portuguese foot batteries.
being caught napping, the British recovered quickly and
staged a fighting withdrawal holding off the assaults for
more than 10 kilometres.
British cavalry performed heroics - most notably the 1st
Hussars of the King's
German Legion - and the 5th Foot at one stage had to
charge French cavalry in order to regain the cannons.
losses have been put at about 200, while Picton's troops
suffered about 150 casualties.