Oldest Allies - Alcantara 1809

Oldest Allies - Alcantara 1809
Author: René Chartrand
Pages: 80
ISBN10: 1780968957
Genre: Cultural
Goodreads Rating: 3.86
ISBN13: 9781780968957
Published: September 18th 2012 by Osprey Publishing

Although somewhat overshadowed by Wellington’s main campaign in the north, the Alcantara raid was an outstanding success. The primary objective of alarming and distracting the French forces in Spain was achieved. Furthermore, the raiders also succeeded in preventing a French incursion into Portugal and tied down one of Napoleon’s best marshals. There were further raids to come, but the 1809 Alcantara raid delivered a strong, permanent message: that the Anglo–Portuguese were willing and able to strike back against the French, and that they would support their Spanish allies as much as they were able.