The Battle of Roliça, fought on 17h August 1808, was the first of "Wellington's Peninsular War Victories". It was, perhaps, an inconsiderable affair when measured by numbers engaged and casualties suffered and, if it had taken place later in the war it would possibly not have been recorded in the sequence of victories which included Talavera, Buçaco, Salamanca and Vitoria. But in 1808, when contrasted with the many recent British expeditions which had been inconclusive or had ended in failure and evacuation, the victory seemed proportionately greater.
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