On this day: British troops back from Tunisia

This photograph, from the 26th of December, 1942, is of officers from Britain’s 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment. They are resting near Beja in Portugal after a drop on Depienne, Tunisia.

The officer’s names are: Captain Stark, Lieutenant Braylet and Major Ashford.


Officers from the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment resting near Beja after returning from a drop on Depienne. From left to right Captain Stark, Lieutenant Braylet and Major Ashford. 26t

On this day: the Battle of Albuera

The Battle of Albuera (16 May 1811) was a battle during the Peninsular War.

The Battle of Albuera, part of the Peninsula War, took place on the 16th of May, 1811. Fought between a combined force of Britain, Spain and Portugal against France, the battle began in the morning, near the small Spanish village of Albuera.

There were horrific losses on both sides, with some seven thousand killed or wounded on each side, but the result of the battle was deemed inconclusive.

In the end, the battle would have little impact on the direction of the war, which would continue for three more years.