This Day In History: 1811-12-21

15,000 French troops attack 3,000 British and Spanish troops, including 4 companies of the 82nd (later 2nd South Lancashires) in the little, fortified port of Tarifa, on the Straits of Gibraltar. Fourteen days later, stricken by fever and exposure and swamped by torrential rain, the French give up and leave. They had suffered about 680 casualties, the British 69, the Spanish two…