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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 8:28 p.m. PST

"Few could assume that after the fall of Zaragoza the Spanish army could not only recover, but lead a full-blown offensive to reconquer it. Too bad we had to suffer the decision of a Central Junta away from any military reality that offered command to the most inept general in Spain, Don Joaquin Blake, a great organizer but the worst of the tacticians, and that after his unexpected victory in Alcaņiz on May 23, 1809 did not know how to take advantage of it to harass a defeated Suchet and expel him from Zaragoza.

However, there were so many doubts, and so much his parsimony that he allowed the French general to recover, who planted his face in Maria and defeated him completely three weeks later, on June 15. And in Belchite three days later was nothing more than a knock on a campaign that could and should have been won and that, however, ended in such a disaster, that while in other theaters of operations the struggle continued more or less intensely, in Levante would be years before achieving recovery…"
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