Arroyo dos Molinos
28 October, 1811
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out on an aggressive mission to destroy a 4000-man force
under General Jean-Baptiste Girard, Sir
Rowland Hill caught up with his target at Arroyo dos
in the early hours of the morning and covered by a howling
storm, Hill's 10,000 men were upon the French before they
really knew what was happening.
every road out of the town, Hill then launched an assault
straight into the middle of Girard's men.
by cavalry, the French attempted to escape along each of
the enemy-held roads and were turned back every time.
Hill let loose his entire force in a charge the French broke
and fled - some of them up to 35 kilometres away - and left
behind 300 dead and some 1300 prisoners.
toll was 71 casualties, with seven men killed.
Girard suffered the wrath of his emperor and was in disgrace
before being forgiven in time for the invasion
of Russia in 1812.