On Demand Tour: Siege of Badajoz Peninsular War – 1812

Rated 4.8 out of 5
4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 8 reviews)


Battlefield Guide – Alexander Owen
Tour Manager – Gareth Edwards

Tour length about 75 min

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In the Spring of 1812 Wellington’s Anglo-Portuguese army laid siege to the Spanish fortress city of Badajoz. Some 30,000 allied troops were to take on a garrison of 5,500 Frenchmen who were well led and standing behind some of the most formidable walls of the Napoleonic era. Over the course of a decade of conflict, both sides had perfected ways to hold and siege strongholds; making the maiming and killing of men an art form.

Engineering science and the evolution of artillery combined to create one of the most brutal, bloody and dramatic chapters of the Peninsula Wars. But after the walls were breached and the guns had stopped firing, the future of Wellington’s March into Spain would be settled by the bayonet.

This tour will follow those men, and their accounts, as they toiled below the bastions of Badajoz, living and working in sodden trenches for weeks before finally being thrown into the breaches.

8 reviews for On Demand Tour: Siege of Badajoz Peninsular War – 1812

Rated 4.8 out of 5
4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 8 reviews)
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Rated 5 out of 5
April 3, 2022

Great as always. I especially liked the explanation of how this battle came about with references to previous ones and sites where the opposing forces were located beforehand since I know so little about this war as a whole. Thanks for the big picture, as well.

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Rated 5 out of 5
April 3, 2022

As usual – high quality knowledge. Great combinations of paint8ngs, pics, then how’s, google overheads, walk throughs & audios.
Just unparalleled stuff. Always learning something with every tour. & it inspires not only visits but returning if you’ve been – to look at new aspects presented.
Love it

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Rated 5 out of 5
April 3, 2022

Excellent aerial shots which show the star shaped forts. I loved the quotations too.

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Rated 4 out of 5
April 3, 2022

The detailed background in the build up to the actualy engagement is amazingly interesting – we often have the detail of the battle but building the wider context is engrossing. Incredibly emotive descriptions of the action from all sides and ranks, really evocative, thank you Alex & Gareth…

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Tim Mileson
Rated 5 out of 5
April 3, 2022

Great tour. thank you.

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Tim Cockitt