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French and Allied Army - Infantry standing firing with separate backpack

  • Product Code: FA2
  • Availability: In Stock

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This product is sold as a single unpainted figure.

Additional Images.

1. Map of the Battle of Puebla, 5 May 1862.

2. Painting of the Battle of Puebla, 5 May 1862.

3. The whole French Intervention in Mexico French and Allied Army range.


THE BATTLE OF PUEBLA 5 May 1862

At the same time that General George McClellan was fighting around Williamsburg during the Peninsula Campaign the French and Mexican armies fought at Puebla.

  • The battle ended in a victory for the Mexican Army over the French Army. The French eventually overran the Mexicans in subsequent battles, but the Mexican victory at Puebla against a much better equipped and larger French army provided a significant morale boost to the Mexicans and also helped slow the French advance towards Mexico City.
  • On 5 May 1862, French General Lorencez decided to attack Puebla from the north, focusing the attack on the forts, of which Guadalupe was believed to be badly fortified. In the first combined infantry and artillery assault the French were beaten back from the stone forts.   
  • For the second assault, the French made a diversionary attack to the east of the city combined with the main assault against the forts. This attack also failed, despite companies of French infantry climbing the walls of Fort Guadalupe.
  • The French committed all their reserves for the third and final assault but without sufficient artillery support they were unable to make a breach in the defences. Lorencez then withdrew his forces to Orizaba. Approximately 450 French and 83 Mexicans were killed or wounded.

  • The Mexican victory is celebrated yearly through a festival on the same date as the battle.