Pedro de Avillez
1. The old Portuguese Army of Junot's days, 1807-1808
After the first French Invasion under Junot (1807-1808), the Portuguese Army was deprived of many of its senior commanding cadres and most of its competent officers, for the following reasons:
Firstly as a result of the departure of the Portuguese Court to Brazil in November 1807, when Queen Maria and the Prince Regent, the future king Dom João VI, were accompanied by practically all the Navy and Marine units as well as by high ranking and many general staff officers.
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