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Au pas de Charge11 Jul 2022 2:23 p.m. PST

I dont suppose any Spanish speaking members have happened upon any details of Julian Sanchez' troops both horse and foot at Fuentes de Oņoro or at any time thereafter?

One of the Osprey titles both on the Spanish army (Vol 2) and on the Guerillas hints at the composition for the cavalry and mentions the foot in British uniforms but both numbers and whether that means British looking or British made "slop" uniforms are lacking.

Also, did he have any uniforms for the artillery?

I'm fairly sure I know what there is to know in English sources but wondered if anyone had found anything in Spanish sources?

MightyOwl12 Jul 2022 1:02 a.m. PST

There are two units that are usually associated with Julián Sanchez.

1. Lanceros de Castilla – according to Saņudo Bayon on the 3rd May 1811 they numbered 500 but their strength varies a lot, usually around 250. A second regiment was raised in November 1811 which often served alongside the first.

According to Saņudo Bayon they received an 'English' uniform at some time in 1811 but there are no specifics. There are number of varying images here:


2. Cazadores de Castilla – the light infantry component raised in August 1811, in September it numbered 600.

There's no information I could find on the uniform in 1811, according to the official uniform of 1815 (which is usually the uniform used at the end of the war) it had a blue jacket and trousers, red cuffs, green lapels, white piping, lining, waistcoat and buttons.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2022 12:29 p.m. PST

I have read several sources that put the lancers in captured Polish Guard Lancer uniforms, with the eagle on the shako mounted upside down, for a time. The sources state that at least one squadron, if not the entire unit, were uniformed in this manner.

Emilio Larreina's La Batalla de Vitoria 1813 shows them in a uniform identical to the pre-1812 British Light Dragoon uniform: dolman with white/silver lace, red collars and cuffs, and a Tarleton helmet. In 1813, at Vitoria!


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