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Third Siege of Girona

Detailed image of the positions of the French army batteries during the attacks of 1809, during the Third Siege of Girona..

The map shows the trajectories of the projectiles toward the city and fortifications of Girona from the various French positions.

The map identifies the location of buildings and places in the city as well as a network of roads, trees and crops. 

The Third Siege of Girona refers to the French Grande Armée's seven-month siege of Girona, from May 6 to December 12, 1809, one of the major events of the Peninsular War.

Approximately 18,000 French and Westphalian troops, commanded first by General Laurent de Gouvion Saint-Cyr during much of the siege and later Marshal Pierre Augereau besieged the town, which held out under General Mariano Alvarez de Castro, in command of some 5,600 regular Spanish troops and militiamen, until disease and famine compelled it to capitulate.


The plan is quite rare.  We note only the copy in the Biblioteca Pública de Girona.