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Fuentes de Oñoro
Fuentes de Oñoro 3-5th May 1811

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Feb 1 09 7:09 PM

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Wellington followed up Massina's retreat after blocking him at the Lines of Torres Vedras with his British Portuguese army and laid siege to Almeida, which had to be taken before he continued his advance into Spain. He was joined there by Spanish guerrillas.

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Feb 1 09 7:12 PM

............to relieve Almeida, just inside the Portuguese border. Wellington took position on the ridge above Fuentes de Oñoro, with the village formng the centre of his position.

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Feb 1 09 7:13 PM

On 3rd May 1811, two French columns appeared, heading towards Almeida,

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From Almeida, looking across the Coa valley and Portugal

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Feb 1 09 7:15 PM

where the 5th and 6th divisions would be awaiting them along a low ridge behind a gorge cut by the Don Casas and Turones. The Light Division were first ordered to aid them, but then stopped because the French with 5 divisions (with Gen Ferey in the van) attacked across the Don Casas and stormed into the village of Fuentes de Oñoro........

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Map 3, 3rd May.

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Feb 1 09 7:16 PM

.......where Col Williams commanded the majority of Wellington's riflemen, some 2,260 of them, with the 2/28th protected by a maze of allyways and walls.

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Fuentes and the Don Casas stream: notice the typcial single-story buildings with rough stone walls uneven windows and often turf rooves. The neat Spanish villas preferred by wargamers are rather innapropriate for Portugal, especially Fuentes. The overall look of the buildings is simple and grey.

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Feb 1 09 7:17 PM

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The fighting see-sawed throughout the day with the French troops forcing their way into the village and being driven out. As night fell the attackers were finally pushed back across the stream and the village remained in British hands.

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Feb 1 09 7:17 PM

4th May 1811

There was no fighting on 4th May 1811, but Wellington saw French columns moving away to his right.
It seemed clear that Massena intended to attack beyond the British right flank.

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Map 4, showing re-deployments on the no-fighting day.

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Feb 1 09 7:20 PM

If he did nothing, then Wellington's lines of communication could be in danger, although he was fairly secure,
protected as he was by the Coa valley to his rear.

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Valley of the Coa, behind Wellington's position

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Feb 1 09 7:23 PM

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To deal with this threat to his right flank, Wellington marched Houston's
Seventh Division across the plain to Poco Velha on the bank of the Don
Casas (see map 4 above).

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Feb 1 09 7:26 PM

British cavalry moved into the plain in support. The Seventh Division
was a recent formation and comprised only two British battalions,
51st and 85th Foot. Night fell. Soon both sides were ready for the next move.

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