On Demand Tour: Talavera – Peninsular War – 1809

Rated 4.7 out of 5
4.7 out of 5 stars (based on 10 reviews)

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Battlefield Guide – Alex Owen
Tour Manager – Gareth Edwards

Tour length about 75 min

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Fought on 27-28 July 1808 on parched plains and hills just 75 miles from Madrid, the Battle of Talavera saw Sir Arthur Wellesley and his Spanish allies take on Prince Joseph Bonaparte’s veteran columns – in a bid for the Spanish capital.

This was the first major pitched battle in which Wellesley used all of the battle winning tactics the world would see time and again throughout the Peninsular and at Waterloo. But it was far from a decided outcome when the French forces advanced, drums beating, standards waving up the steep slopes of the Cerro de Medellín. On the 28th July some 45,000 Frenchmen were concentrated towards a thin red line of British infantry, just 20,000-strong. Could they stand?

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Rated 5 out of 5
February 6, 2022

Great tour, clearly presented. Excellent use of LIDAR, first hand accounts, drone footage and digital mapping to give the lie of the land and understand strategic objectives and tactical movements alike.
I’ve done a fair bit of surveying in my time so it would be interesting to know if any plans of the area were available to the Commanders and, if so, who prepared them? We had a couple of shots of fairly detailed looking maps, possibly prepared after the battle and wondered if they were sketches or properly surveyed.

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Dave Clark
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Rated 5 out of 5
February 6, 2022

The detail & pace keeps you absolutely absorbed – & the graphics – annotated google earth, obliques & drone shots together with chosen audios just made the story come to life.
Must go & check all my books for outstanding questions and issues that get thrown up by such a wonderful session. Thanks Gareth & Alex
PS: there’s way too much to watch to do any chat. That ought to be used more for post-tour interaction.

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Andy Mullen
Rated 5 out of 5
February 6, 2022

Fabulous as always. Very enlightening especially since this was less well known on my part.

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cola757
Rated 5 out of 5
February 6, 2022

Very great detail from Alex

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Rory O' Mahony
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Rated 5 out of 5
February 6, 2022

First class tour. Excellent explanation of a complicated battle. Well done. More Peninsular battles please!

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Steve Bolingbroke
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