Fuentes de Onoro Wellington's Liberation of Portugal - Chester Model Centre

Fuentes de Onoro Wellington's Liberation of Portugal

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In October 1810 the Allied position in Portugal appeared precarious. Despite defeating Marshal Masséna\'s French army at Bussaco, Wellington had been forced to retreat to within a few miles of Lisbon. Here the French encountered a massive line of fortifications stretching from the River Tagus to the sea. Built amid great secrecy and on Wellington\'s specific orders, these Lines of Torres Vedras were the French high-water mark. In February, with his army on the point of starvation, Masséna was forced to retreat and the scene was set for the climactic action of Fuentes de Oñoro.


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