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Siege of Badajoz

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Source: Manuel F. V. G. Mourão

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In the Siege of Badajoz , also called the Third Siege of Badajoz, an Anglo-Portuguese Army, under General the Earl of Wellington , besieged Badajoz, Spain and forced the surrender of the French garrison.

The siege was one of the bloodiest in the Napoleonic Wars and was considered a costly victory by the British, with some 4,800 Allied soldiers killed or wounded in a few short hours of intense fighting during the storming of the breaches as the siege drew to an end. Enraged at the huge number of casualties they suffered in seizing the city, the troops broke into houses and stores consuming vast quantities of alcohol with many of them then going on a rampage, threatening their officers and ignoring their commands to desist, and even killing several. It took three days before the men were brought back into order. When order was restored some 200-300 civilians had likely been killed or injured.

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