Siege of Astorga (1812)

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Siege of Astorga (1812)
Part of the Peninsular War
Astorga reloj maragato JMM.JPG
View of the Town Hall of Astorga.
Date 29 June – 19 August 1812
Location Astorga, Province of León, Spain
42°27′30″N 6°3′30″W / 42.45833°N 6.05833°W / 42.45833; -6.05833
Result Spanish victory
Belligerents
France French Empire Spain Kingdom of Spain
Commanders and leaders
France Charles François Rèmond  (POW)
France Maximilien Foy
Spain Francisco Castaños
Spain José Santocildes
Strength
Astorga: 2,000
14–17 guns
Foy: Unknown
28,000
Casualties and losses
1,200–1,500 dead or captured
All artillery taken
Unknown

The Siege of Astorga of 1812 took place between 29 June and 19 August 1812, at Astorga, León, Castile-León, Spain, during the Peninsular War. On 29 June, the Spanish troops of Lieutenant-General Francisco Gómez de Terán y Negrete, Marquess of Portago, started the operations, and laid siege to Astorga. The siege was part of the Allied offensive in the summer of 1812. The Spanish VI Army led by General José María Santocildes, by order of General Francisco Castaños, take the measures necessary for the recovery of Astorga. On 18 August, after a hard resistance, the French garrison surrendered to the Spaniards.[1] During the siege, part of the Spanish troops marched towards Salamanca to join the Allied army under Arthur Wellesley, commanded by General Santocildes, and contributed successfully in the campaign with the capture of Tordesillas, blocking Toro and Zamora, and occupying Valladolid.[1]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Capitulación de Astorga (1812)

External links

  • Capitulación de Astorga (1812) (in Spanish)

References

  • Arthur Wellesley. The dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, during his various campaigns from 1799 to 1818. London.
  • Lovett, Gabriel H. Napoleon and the Birth of Modern Spain New York UP. 1965. ISBN 0-8147-0267-8
  • Esdaile, Charles J. The Spanish Army in the Peninsular War. Manchester University Press, 1988. ISBN 0-7190-2538-9

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