This Day in History: 1810-10-15

Battle of Fuengirola. Ramshackle British and Spanish expeditionary force routed by a few hundred Polish troops fighting in the French Service. 82nd Regiment (later 2nd South Lancashires), following behind as reinforcements from Gibraltar in a slow-sailing transport, send 80 men ahead in small boats. They set up and defend a small beach-head which allows the survivors to be rescued by the Royal Navy. This is one of the few times in history (other than Maida and Albuera), in which Polish soldiers fight against the British. It is also one of the few decisive British defeats in the Peninsular War.