Peninsular War situation 6th June 1808.

After initial deployment the situation in Spain and Portugal looked like this:
Marshall Bessières

Marshall Bessières deployment 6th June 1808.
Marshall Bessières deployment 6th June 1808.

Notes:
The purple units are Spanish Guerrillas that M. Bessières is as yet unaware of.  Pennant symbols indicate staff and ADCs moving independently of troops.
The groups of 13 cavalry are the result of M. Bessières’ standing order that messages shall not be sent without an escort of at least 12 men.

General Duhesme
Duhesme was in trouble.  His move on Saragossa was not going well. Following the incident at Molino del Rey, General Schwartz was now faced with a large force of Militia blocking his entrance to Manresa.

The situation in Catalonia.  French forces are trying to move north from Barcelona.
The situation in Catalonia. French forces are trying to move north from Barcelona.

Notes:
The black square with a red flaming grenade indicates enemy forces in contact, i.e. within the same 10 mile square.

General Blake
Blake had deployed troops to guard the river Mondego between Almeida and Coimbra in the south.  He also began to move forces eastwards towards Villafranca.

General Blake's dispositions in Galicia and northern Portugal
General Blake’s dispositions in Galicia and northern Portugal

Notes:
Unlabelled pennant icons are messengers carrying orders. The red symbols are British forces arriving from Cork.

General Junot
Junot held southern Portugal while his erstwhile Spanish allies held the north.

Junot's dispositions in southern Portugal.
Junot’s dispositions in southern Portugal.

General Castaños
Castaños had three strong bases in Andalusia and numerous cavalry patrols out searching for the enemy.

Castaños' forces in Andalusia
Castaños’ forces in Andalusia

General Dupont
Dupont began to move south from Madrid

General Dupont marches south in close columns
General Dupont marches south in close columns

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