Battle of Wavre


War of the Seventh Coalition


Battle of Diepholz

Battle of Igualdada

4 pm, 3 July 1815


2 pm, 4 July 1815


Igualdada, Kingdom of Spain


French victory


Flag of France.svg French Empire

Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg Kingdom of Spain


Flag of France.svg Marshal André Masséna

Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg Lieutenant General Joaquín Blake


54,000, 99 guns

51,000, 75 guns

Casualties and Losses

6,000–9,000 killed and wounded

About 11,000 killed and wounded, some deserted; 4 guns

The Battle of Igualdada was the largest and bloodiest battle of the Spanish Campaign of the War of the Seventh Coalition. French Marshal André Masséna, commanding the Army of the South, defeated Lieutenant General Joaquín Blake's Army of Catalonia after a bloody two-day battle, the largest fought in Spain since the Battle of Salamanca in 1812. Though not a decisive victory – Blake was able to withdraw in reasonable order with most of his army – the battle dealt irreparable damage to the legitimacy of Ferdinand VII, who would reign for just three more months. Masséna's victory here reportedly made Napoléon I say, "Masséna is the man to which the Emperor prays each night."


Opposing armies

French army

Spanish army


First day: 3 July

Masséna attacks El Bruc

The French assault on the left flank

Blake withdraws west

The first Battle of Castellolí

Second day: 4 July

Blake's counterattack

The second Battle of Castellolí

The Spanish Royal Guard stands east of Igualdada


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