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Encyclopedia > Battle of El Bruc
Battle of El Bruc
Part of the Peninsular War
Date: June 6 and June 14, 1808
Location: El Bruc, near Barcelona, Spain
Result: Spanish victory
Combatants
France Spain
Commanders
General Schwartz General Franch
Strength
3,800 regulars 2,000 regulars and militia
Casualties
300 dead Unknown
Peninsular War: Invasion by Stealth and Retreat to the Ebro, 1808
Gerona – El BrucSaragossaRio Seco – Bailén

The Battle of El Bruc (English: The Bruch) was an engagement fought between a French column and a body of Spanish volunteers and mercenaries on June 4, 1808 in the Peninsular War. The Peninsular War (1808–1814) (known as War of Independence in Spain, as French Invasions in Portugal, as Guerre dEspagne in France and as Frenchs War in Catalonia) was a major conflict during the Napoleonic Wars, fought in the Iberian Peninsula with Spanish, Portuguese, and the British forces... June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... 1808 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia, an autonomous community in Spain. ... The Peninsular War (1808–1814) (known as War of Independence in Spain, as French Invasions in Portugal, as Guerre dEspagne in France and as Frenchs War in Catalonia) was a major conflict during the Napoleonic Wars, fought in the Iberian Peninsula with Spanish, Portuguese, and the British forces... Combatants France Spain Commanders Charles de Lefebvre José de Palafox y Melzi Strength 8,500 regular infantry 1,000 cavalry 12 guns 500 regulars 6,000 militia Casualties 3,000 dead or wounded Unknown The First Siege of Saragossa (Spanish: Zaragoza) was a bloody struggle in the Peninsular War. ... Combatants France Spain Commanders Jean-Baptiste Bessières Joaquín Blake Gregorio de la Cuesta Strength 12,000 regulars 24,000 regulars and militia Casualties 1,000 dead or wounded 3,500 dead, wounded, or captured The Battle of Medina del Rio Seco was fought during the Peninsular War on... The Battle of Bailén was a series of clashes between the Spanish regular army— operating in conjunction with guerilla formations—under Generals Castaños and Reding and the French commanded by General Pierre Dupont, between July 18 and July 22, 1808, as a part of the Peninsular War. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... June 4 is the 155th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (156th in leap years), with 210 days remaining. ... 1808 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The Peninsular War (1808–1814) (known as War of Independence in Spain, as French Invasions in Portugal, as Guerre dEspagne in France and as Frenchs War in Catalonia) was a major conflict during the Napoleonic Wars, fought in the Iberian Peninsula with Spanish, Portuguese, and the British forces...


The French detachment under General Schwartz emerged from Barcelona on June 4, advancing in the direction of ZaragozaLérida. A rainstorm that day slowed their march considerably; the delay gave time for local Spanish forces, composed of militia from the neighboring villages, Catalan volunteers (somatén), and Swiss and Wallon soldiers from the Barcelona garrison, to mobilize for action. The Spaniards were led by General Franch. Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia, an autonomous community in Spain. ... June 4 is the 155th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (156th in leap years), with 210 days remaining. ... Zaragoza (sometimes still Saragossa in English; Latin Caesaraugusta) is the capital city of the autonomous region and former kingdom of Aragón in Spain, and is located on the river Ebro, and its tributaries the Huerva and Gállego, near the centre of the region, in a great valley with... La Seu Vella, the Romanesque-Gothic old Cathedral of Lleida La Seu Vella Lleida (Catalan: Lleida, Spanish: Lérida) is a city in the west of Catalonia, Spain. ... The Catalans are speakers of the Catalan language who are concentrated in the Catalonia region of Spain as well as other adjacent Mediterranean areas including Andorra, the Balearic Islands, and Catalunya Nord in France. ... The term Walloons (Wallons in French, Walons in Walloon) refers, in daily speech, to French-speaking Belgians from Wallonia. ...


The resulting ambush was a success, and the French under General Schwartz were turned back to Barcelona with the loss of 300 dead and one gun captured. Historically, artillery refers to any engine used for the discharge of projectiles during war. ...


A second French sortie on June 14 succeeded only in putting to the torch several buildings in El Bruc. June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ...

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