Medina del Rio Seco
14 July, 1808
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del Rio Seco was a magnificent victory for an outnumbered
Marshal Bessieres against
Spain's generals Don Gregorio
de la Cuesta and Joachim Blake.
French commander found himself up against 21,000 Spanish
soldiers with only some 13,000 men at hand.
for Bessieres, Cuesta's positioning of troops was woeful
and allowed him to assault good defensive positions held
by Blake without any fear of them getting support from Cuesta's
his men in at bayonet point, Bessieres overwhelmed the defenders
and scattered Blake's army. Cuesta retreated.
Spanish lost almost 3500 men killed, wounded and captured,
while the French suffered fewer than 1000 casualties.