23 November, 1808
Battle Tour Guides
Spanish armies lurking too close to his flanks on his march
towards Madrid, Napoleon
Bonaparte sent his trusted friend Marshal
Jean Lannes with 31,000 men to end their threat.
the command of General Francisco
Castanos, one Spanish army was caught at Tudela and
found itself in trouble from the outset.
deployed, the 19,000 Spanish could not hold off Lannes'
well executed attacks that took advantage of the major gaps
in the enemy lines and quickly defeated the defenders.
casualties would have been much higher had Marshal
Ney, in command of a force sent to cut off any routes
of retreat, managed to close the trap in time.
it was, Castanos lost some 4000 men, while Lannes suffered
only 650 men killed and wounded.