The battle opened with both sides shifting troops, especially cavalry, to the west.
|French and British opening moves.|
|French opening moves on their left.|
The 2nd Dragoon Division shifts toward the middle of the battlefield.
|The Spanish cavalry shifts west.|
|Spanish moves on the Allied left.|
After a series of sharp skirmishes on the west side of the battlefield the British cavalry division is very worn down, and the French have made it across the brook, but are bloodied. The French then press en masse across the brook with the bulk of the I Corps.
|Positions in mid-morning.|
At this point the time is 1:00pm and the Madrid Garrison has arrived on the battlefield. However, the cream of the French army has been lost, and the French decide to withdraw.
For his success Arthur Wellesley is made the Duke of Wellington.