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Battle of Bailén

Date and place

  • July 19th to 22nd, 1808 at Bailen or Baylen, in Andalusia (nowadays Province of Jaen, Spain).

Involved forces

  • French army (20,000 to 24,000 men) under General Pierre Dupont de l'Etang. 
  • Spanish army (32,000 to 35,000 men) under Generals Don Francisco Javier Castaños Aragorri Urioste y Olavide and Theodor von Reding von Biberegg. 

Casualties and losses

  • French army: between 2,000 and 2,600 killed, 400 injured, more than 17,000 prisoners. 
  • Spanish army: 240 dead, 740 wounded or the opposite (according to differents sources). 

Map of the battle of Bailen

Napoleonic Battles - Map of the battle of Bailen

Picture - "Rendición de Bailen". Painted 1863 by Jose Casado del Alisal.

Napoleonic Battles - Picture of the battle of Bailen -

Photos Credits

  Photos by Lionel A. Bouchon.
  Photos by Marie-Albe Grau.
  Photos by Floriane Grau.
  Photos by Michèle Grau-Ghelardi.
  Photos by Didier Grau.
  Photos made by people outside the Napoleon & Empire association.