Battle of Almenara
In spring 1710 the Spanish army had entered Cataluna crossing the Segre river on March 15. On May 3, Philip V had joined the army.
The allied army was joined by archduke Charles in June.
In July General Guido Starhemberg received reinforcements and decided to attack. He crossed the Noguera river taking up positions on the heights of Almenara.
Stanhope then crossed the Segre at Balaguer.Villadarias opened the battle with a cavalry attack which was initially successful, but the initiative was wasted by pursuing groups of fleeing enemies.
Then the British infantry attacked the left wing which fled, taking the second line with it. Then the Austrians attacked and destroyed the right wing, where Philip V risked his life fighting and was almost captured by the allies.
The Spanish troops were forced to withdraw to Aragon and the Battle of Saragossa followed just over a month later.
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