battle of Corunna

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In October 1808 the British, under Sir John Moore, pushed into northern Spain to draw the French from Madrid. Outnumbered and inadequately supplied, they were in danger of being cut off. Moore skilfully retreated through the mountains towards the coast, closely pursued by the French under Marshal Soult. At Corunna on 16 January 1809 Soult attacked with 20,000 men. Moore with 15,000 men repulsed the French, allowing the British to evacuate safely by sea, but was himself fatally wounded.

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