What are the Spaniards.
"Anyway, I am convinced that Napoleon would have won and put his brother on the Spanish throne if he had ended this war before going to Russia. The Peninsula received support only from England, and despite recent successes armies, was so concerned about the constant sending of people and money that the Peninsula absorbed, that the Chamber of Deputies was ready to refuse the subsidies needed for the new campaign.
When, with our return to Portugal, a deaf rumor was circulating about Napoleon’s intention to attack Russia, the British parliament gave permission to continue the war in Spain. It was not successful for us, as the disagreements between the commanders of our armies, which I have already mentioned, continued.
Marshal Marmon was defeated by Wellington in the Battle of Arapilia (near Salamanca), and King Joseph lost the battle of Vitoria. After that, we experienced such troubles that by the end of 1813 our armies had to withdraw beyond the Pyrenees and completely leave Spain, which cost them so much blood!
I believe that in six years,from the beginning of 1808 to the end of 1813, the French lost 200 thousand people on the Iberian Peninsula who were killed or died in hospitals, to which 60 thousand lost by our allies of various nationalities must be added.
The British and Portuguese losses were also significant, but the losses of the Spaniards surpassed all the others because of the stubbornness they showed in the defense of many cities, whose population was almost completely dying out.
These famous sieges, especially Zaragoza, added to the Spaniards so much fame that they usually attribute the liberation of the Iberian Peninsula to their courage. But it is not. Of course, they contributed a lot to this.
However, without the support of British troops, the Spaniards could never have resisted the French army, in front of which they would not dare to go into open battle. But the Spaniards have great dignity - even if they are broken, they never lose courage.
They run away, gather in the distance and return in a few days, again full of confidence in victory. Victory does not happen, but confidence never disappears! .. Our soldiers compared the Spaniards with flocks of pigeons that sit on the field and take off at the slightest noise, but immediately return.
As for the Portuguese, their participation in campaigns on the peninsula was not appreciated. Not so cruel, much more disciplined than the Spaniards, with calmer courage, they formed several brigades and divisions in Wellington’s army, which, led by English officers, were in no way inferior to British units. Less boastful than the Spaniards, they talked little about themselves and their exploits and were not so famous. "- from the memoirs of Baron de Marbo.