- Battles of the Bruch
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battles of El Bruc
June 6and June 14, 1808
Bruc, near Barcelona, Spain
combatant1=flagicon|France French Empire
François Xavier de Schwarz
Antonio Franch de Villafranca
strength2=2,000 regulars and militia
The French detachment under General Schwartz emerged from
Barcelonaon June 4, advancing in the direction of Zaragoza– Lleida. A rainstorm that day slowed their march considerably; the delay gave time for local Spanish forces, composed of militia from the neighboring villages, Catalan volunteers ("somatén"), and Swissand Walloon soldiers from the Barcelona garrison, to mobilize for action. The Spaniards were led by General Franch and deployed along Bruch Pass.
The resulting stand was a success, [Gates, p. 59] and the French under General Schwartz were turned back to Barcelona with the loss of 300 dead and one gun captured. The partisans made off with an
Imperial eagle, adding to the French humiliation. [Solís, p. 167]
A second French sortie on
June 14succeeded only in putting to the torch several buildings in El Bruc.
*Gates, David. "The Spanish Ulcer: A History of the Peninsular War." Da Capo Press 2001. ISBN 0-306-81083-2
*Rodríguez-Solís, Enrique. "Los guerrilleros de 1808: Historia popular de la Guerra de la Independencia." Vol. I. Calle de Balmes 1895.
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