Living History Encampments, French and Allies. Skirmish each day at 3ish, informal talks, drill displays.
The scene is set
“With the French advance into Portugal, and in turn the withdrawal of Crauford’s Light Division back across the Coa, the Siege of Almeida has now begun….
Standing opposite the two Spanish border fortresses of Ciudad Rodrigo & Fort Concepcion, Almeida was garrisoned by the Allies, and was intended to help slow the French advance into Portugal, and in turn allow Wellesley time to strengthen, re-organise, re-equip and improve the army at his disposal. A long siege at Almeida, before the winter months set in would certainly help to do just that.
Several days prior to the French advance, Viscount Wellington has ordered Brevet-Colonel Yuill and his provisional battalion to re-enforce the mainly Portuguese garrison at Almeida, accompanied by a battery of gunners from the Royal Artillery.
On arrival at Almeida, the garrison commander (Brig. General – of the Portuguese Army – William Cox) had ordered Brevet-Colonel Yuill and his Provisional battalion to defend the Santo Antonio Bastion on the west of the fortress, near the castle – where the main powder magazine is located.
With a large French force numbering some 16,000 men with 100 guns under the command of Marshal Ney now encircling the fortress, will the garrison of 5,000 Portuguese & British defeat their besiegers…..or surrender??”