Napoleon’s Great Blunder: Spain 1808


In 1808, Napoleon’s rivalry with Britain led to an ill-fated intervention in Portugal and Spain, that sparked a nationalist revolt against the French. At Bailén Napoleon’s Empire suffered its first major defeat, and though Napoleon himself then arrived in Spain to reassert French military dominance, he could not prevent the escape of Sir John Moore’s small British army, after its defensive victory at Corunna on 16 January 1809. The British army would return, under new leadership, to play a major part in his downfall.

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  1. I hope you enjoy this, the first of three videos covering the war in Spain and Portugal. You can find the others, which cover the further French invasions of Portugal, the guerrilla war and the eventual fight back by British, Spanish and Portuguese forces, in our Napoleonic Wars playlist:
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