- Battle of Burgos
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Burgos
November 7, 1808
combatant1=flagicon|France French Empire
Conde de Belveder Vicente Genaro de Quesada
casualties2=2,000 dead, wounded, or capturedThe Battle of Burgos was fought on
November 7, 1808, during the Peninsular War. A powerful French army under Marshal Bessières overwhelmed and destroyed the outnumbered Spanish under General Belveder, opening central Spain to invasion.
Spanish history remembers this battle for the vain gallantry of the Guard and Walloon regiments under Don
Vicente Genaro de Quesada. Forming a rearguard for the shattered Spanish lines, these troops absorbed repeated charges by General Lasalle's French cavalry without yielding an inch of ground. The cost was a massacre of both French and Spaniards: of the 307 men in the rearguard only 74 survived, caked with blood; uniforms in tatters; bayonets bent and blunted.
It is said that Bessières personally returned Quesada's sword and had his wounds treated in the French
field hospital. These acts of chivalry became increasingly rare as the Peninsular Wardragged on.
*Es icon [http://www.1808-1814.org/batallas/bburgos.html The Battle of Gamonal]
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