This Day in History: 1813-07-28

Peninsular War. Battle of the Pyrenees. 40th Foot (later 1st South Lancashires) make an epic defence of the vital hilltop of Villa Alba, near Pamplona. They beat off repeated attacks by four times their own number.  The French suffer casualties of around 600, compared to less than 100 for the 40th. Afterwards they receive Wellington’s personal thanks. It is this day’s battle which years later prompts the great Duke to remark “that he felt he could have gone anywhere and done anything with those men who fought with him on the Pyrenees.”