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Encyclopedia > Battle of Valmaseda
Battle of Valmaseda
Part of the Peninsular War
Date November 5, 1808
Location Valmaseda, near Bilbao, Spain
Result Spanish victory
Combatants
France Spain
Commanders
Claude Victor-Perrin, duc de Belluno Joaquín Blake y Joyes
Strength
13,000 24,000
Casualties
300 dead or wounded
300 captured
50 dead or wounded
Peninsular War: Second French Invasion, 1808–1809
PancorboValmasedaBurgosEspinosaTudelaSomosierraSaragossa – Castellón – Uclés – Corunna – Valls – Villafranca – Ciudad-Real – Medellín – PortoGerona – Lugo – Alcañiz – San Payo – María – TalaveraAlmonacid – Tamamés – Hostalrich – Torres VedrasOcana

The Battle of Valmaseda took place on November 5, 1808, during Lieutenant-General Blake's retreat from superior French armies in Cantabria. Reinforced by veteran regular infantry from General La Romana's Division of the North (Spanish: Division del Norte), Blake suddenly turned on his pursuers and defeated a division of General Victor's army at Valmaseda. Combatants Spain United Kingdom Portugal French Empire The Peninsular War (1808–1813) was a major conflict during the Napoleonic Wars, fought on the Iberian Peninsula by an alliance of Spain, Portugal, and Britain against the Napoleonic French Empire. ... November 5 is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 56 days remaining. ... 1808 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... La Muy Noble y Muy Leal e Invicta (The most noble and most loyal and undefeated) Location Location of Bilbao in Spain and Biscay Coordinates : 43,15° n. ... Claude Victor-Perrin, duc de Belluno (7 December 1764 – 1 March 1841) was a marshal of France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. ... Captain-General Joaquín Blake y Joyes Joaquín Blake y Joyes (August 19, 1759 – April 27, 1827) was a Spanish military officer who served with distinction in the French Revolutionary and Peninsular wars. ... Combatants Spain United Kingdom Portugal French Empire The Peninsular War (1808–1813) was a major conflict during the Napoleonic Wars, fought on the Iberian Peninsula by an alliance of Spain, Portugal, and Britain against the Napoleonic French Empire. ... Combatants France Spain Commanders Charles de Lefebvre Joaquín Blake Strength 24,000 19,000 Casualties 300 dead or wounded 600 dead or wounded The Battle of Pancorbo was one of the opening engagements in Napoleons invasion of Spain. ... The Battle of Burgos was fought on November 7, 1808, and resulted in a French victory under Marshall Soult against the Spanish under General Belveder. ... The Battle of Espinosa was fought on November 10, - 11, 1808 at Cantabrian mountains and resulted in a French victory under General Victor against the Spanish under Lieutenant General Blake, leading his army of Galicia. ... The Battle of Tudela was a battle during the Peninsular War fought on November 23, 1808 near Tudela, Spain. ... Combatants France Spain Commanders Napoleon I of France Benito de San Juan Strength 45,000 20,000 infantry 16 guns Casualties Unknown 250 dead or wounded The Battle of Somosierra was a battle of the Peninsular War that took place on November 30, 1808 at the Somosierra pass in the... Combatants France Spain Commanders Jeannot de Moncey Édouard Mortier José de Palafox y Melzi Strength 35,500 regulars 33,000 regulars Casualties 10,000 dead 54,000 dead The Second Siege of Saragossa was the second of the two sieges of that city during the Peninsular War and is widly... The Battle of Ucles was fought on January 13, 1809, and resulted in a French victory under General Victor against the Spanish under General Venegas. ... The Battle of La Coruña took place on January 16, 1809, between 14,000 British under Sir John Moore, and 16,000 French under Marshal Soult, who was endeavouring to prevent the British from evacuating by sea from the port. ... The Battle of Ciudad-Real was fought on March 27, 1809, and resulted in a French victory under General Sebastiani against the Spanish under General Cartojal. ... Combatants France Spain Commanders Claude Victor Gregorio de la Cuesta Strength 13,000 infantry 4,500 cavalry 50 guns 20,000 infantry 3,000 cavalry 30 guns Casualties 1,000 dead or wounded 8,000 dead or wounded 2,000 captured In the Peninsular War, the Battle of Medellín... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Combatants France Spain Commanders Louis Gabriel Suchet Joaquín Blake Strength Unknown Unknown Casualties 1,500 dead or wounded 300 dead or wounded The Battle of Alcañiz resulted in the defeat of General Suchets French army on May 23, 1809 by a Spanish force under General Blake. ... Combatants France Spain Commanders Louis Gabriel Suchet Joaquín Blake Strength 12,000 infantry 14,000 infantry 500 cavalry Casualties 800 dead or wounded 2,000 dead or wounded The Battle of María, also known as the Battle of Belchite, resulted in the defeat of part of General Blake... Combatants Spain Britain France Commanders Duke of Wellington Gregorio de la Cuesta Baron Sebastiani Joseph Bonaparte Claude Victor Strength 20,000 British 33,000 Spanish 50,000 Casualties 6,500 dead or wounded 7,390 dead or wounded The Battle of Talavera was a battle of the Peninsular War. ... The Battle of Almonacid was fought on August 11, 1809 during the Peninsular War and resulted in a French victory under General Sebastiani against the Spanish under General Venegas. ... Combatants France Spain Commanders Michel Ney Duque del Parque Strength 10,000 infantry 1,200 cavalry 14 guns 10,000 infantry 1,000 cavalry Casualties 1,300 dead or wounded 672 dead or wounded The Battle of Tamamés was a sharp reversal suffered by part of Marshal Neys... The Lines of Torres Vedras The Lines of Torres Vedras were a line of forts in Portugal built in secrecy between November 1809 and September 1810 during the Peninsular War. ... In the Peninsular War, the Battle of Ocana was fought on November 19, 1809 and resulted in a victory of the French under Marshall Soult against the Spanish under General Don Juan de Arizagua. ... November 5 is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 56 days remaining. ... 1808 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Lieutenant General is a military rank used in many countries. ... Captain-General Joaquín Blake y Joyes Joaquín Blake y Joyes (August 19, 1759 – April 27, 1827) was a Spanish military officer who served with distinction in the French Revolutionary and Peninsular wars. ... Capital Santander Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 15th  5 321 km²  1. ... Lieutenant-General Caro y Sureda, Marquis de La Romana. ... Claude Victor-Perrin, duc de Belluno (7 December 1764 – 1 March 1841) was a marshal of France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. ...


The French defeat had its roots in Marshal Lefebvre's earlier failure to destroy the Spanish army at Pancorbo, where Blake had shaken off the premature French assault and escaped with his army intact. Further mistakes were made in the French pursuit, namely when Victor carelessly allowed his Army Corps to spread out in its search for an enemy he regarded as beaten. As a result Blake was able to draw the French into a trap of his own, and on November 5 General Villate's division, operating ahead of the other French formations, blundered into a brusque attack. Charles, comte Lefebvre-Desnouettes or Desnoettes (1773 - 22 May 1822) was a French cavalry general who later emigrated to the United States. ... Combatants France Spain Commanders Charles de Lefebvre Joaquín Blake Strength 24,000 19,000 Casualties 300 dead or wounded 600 dead or wounded The Battle of Pancorbo was one of the opening engagements in Napoleons invasion of Spain. ... A corps (a word that immigrated from the French language, pronounced IPA: , but originating in the Latin corpus, corporis meaning body; plural same as singular) is either a large military unit or formation, an administrative grouping of troops within an army with a common function (such as artillery or signals...


But while their leaders had erred badly, the iron discipline of the French soldiers did not fail them. Villate, refusing to surrender, formed his troops into squares and managed to claw his way out of the Spanish encirclement. Even so, the Spaniards captured 300 men and one gun.


Upon learning of the battle, Napoleon, shocked that his Grande Armée should suffer even a minor defeat by "an army of bandits led by monks," severely reprimanded Victor for his imprudence. Victor redeemed himself six days later when he finally defeated Blake at the Battle of Espinosa. Napoleon I Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, King of Italy, Mediator of the Swiss Confederation and Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a general of the French Revolution, the ruler of France as First Consul (Premier Consul) of the French Republic from... La Grande Armée (in English, the Big or Grand Army) is the French military term for the main force in a military campaign. ... A monk is a person who practices asceticism, the conditioning of mind and body in favor of the spirit. ... The Battle of Espinosa was fought on November 10, - 11, 1808 at Cantabrian mountains and resulted in a French victory under General Victor against the Spanish under Lieutenant General Blake, leading his army of Galicia. ...

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