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Introduction

This is the story of how a junior British general expelled Napoleon's army from Spain and Portugal.

Delve deeper into the campaign with five short videos below, and listen to the full radio series.

1) Mondego Bay The British land on the West coast of Portugal to aid the resistance. Watch Peter and Dan introduce the four key battles of the war.

2) Vimeiro Using a contemporary print of the battle, Peter explains how Wellesey's forces achieved their first comprehensive victory.

3) Talavera As the British army's alliance with Spain became increasingly strained, Wellesey fought one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Peninsular War.

4) Badajoz Peter and Dan visit the site of a frontier fortress that proved crucial in Wellington's efforts to push the French out of Spain.

5) Vitoria Peter examines weapons from the decisive battle of the war, in which Wellington demonstrated everything he had learned during the campaign.



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