Friday, June 06, 2008

Carpio, Rio Mayor, El Boden, Aldea de Ponte and Bornos

The combat of Carpio of 25 September 1811 was a minor clash between Wellington’s cavalry screen and part of a French army under Marmont that had just raised the blockade of Ciudad Rodrigo.
The skirmish of Rio Mayor of 19 January 1811 was one of the very few significant clashes to take place while Masséna’s army was camped at Santarem, after his retreat from the lines of Torres Vedras.
The combat of El Bodon of 25 September 1811 was a lucky escape for the British and Portuguese army on the Spanish border in the autumn of 1811.
The combat of Aldea de Ponte of 27 September 1811 was a rearguard action fought during Wellington’s retreat from Fuente Guinaldo to Alfayates in the aftermath of the combat of El Boden.
The combat of Bornos of 5 November 1811 was the only fighting to take place during one of Marshal Soult’s repeated attempts to catch the Spanish General Ballasteros, who had proved himself to be a master of small scale warfare in the south of Andalusia

Sieges of Tortosa and Tarragona, 1810-11

The siege of Tortosa of 16 December 1810-2 January 1811 was the first of three successful French attacks on Spanish-held cities that briefly appeared to give the French control of eastern Spain.
The siege of Tarragona of 3 May-28 June 1811 was the second of three sieges that saw the French seize the last major cities in Spanish hands in the east of the country in a twelve month period, an achievement that seemed like it might given them a chance to finally secure their control of the area

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Almazan, Villagarcia and Baza, 1810

The combat of Almazan of 10 July 1810 demonstrated the difficulties the French facing in moving even quite large bodies of reinforcements to their armies in Spain.
The battle of Villagarcia of 11 August 1810 was a French victory that ended a Spanish attempt to liberate Seville, but that also demonstrated the vulnerability of the French position in Andalusia.
The combat of Baza of 4 November 1810 was a French victory won on the borders of Murcia and Granada, which ended a Spanish attempt to threaten the French position in Granada.

Siege of Cadiz and battle of Barrosa

The siege of Cadiz of 5 February 1810-24 August 1812 was the longest and arguably most important of the many sieges that punctuated the Peninsular War.
The campaign that led to the battle of Barrosa demonstrated the weakness of the French position in Andalusia during the two and a half years that they occupied the province.
The battle of Barrosa of 5 March 1811 was the end result of one of the most significant attempts made by the garrison of Cadiz to lift the French siege of Cadiz

Nos.24, 25, 26 and 27 Squadron

Throughout the Second World War No.24 Squadron served as a communications and transport squadron, operating a wide range of aircraft.
No.25 Squadron served as a night fighter squadron throughout the Second World War, first with the Blenheim, then the Beaufighter and finally with the Mosquito
No.26 Squadron began the Second World War as an army co-operation squadron equipped with the Westland Lysander, but spent much of the war as a tactical reconnaissance and daylight intruder squadron.
At the start of the Second World War in the east No.27 Squadron was a Blenheim-equipped fighter squadron based in Malaya. After only two months the squadron had been forced to retreat to Sumatra, where it ceased to exist. It was reformed later in the year and operated as a Beaufighter equipped ground attack squadron for the rest of the war.