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battle of Barrosa


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1811.

Since 1810 Cadiz had been besieged by the French under General Victor. In January 1811 an Anglo‐Spanish force attempted to lift the blockade by landing 50 miles to the south at Tafira. On 5 March Victor, hiding in Chiclana Forest, attacked the allied flank and captured Barrosa ridge. General Graham, commanding the British troops, in a bold but bloody counter‐attack managed to repulse the French.

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