060.Alcaniz1_23May09 - JTS Wellington's Peninsular War
060.Alcaniz1_23May09By Rich White
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|First Side:||French (Nap)|
|Second Side:||Allies (NAP_WPW)|
Alcaniz 23 May 1809 - Suchet, having assumed command of III Corps at Zaragoza on 19 May, realized the need to face the Spanish in pitched battle to enhance his troop's poor morale and to avoid the necessity of abandoning Zaragoza to the enemy. Blake had taken up a defensive position at Alcaniz with some 8,000 men, but with his back to the river this was a potentially risking deployment.