Battle of Salamanca. British Army enters Madrid - 1812

To left: BRENET F.

Side 2: In ex.: JULY XXII. MDCCCXII. / SALAMANCA and, to right, MUDIE D.

Bramsen 1175, British Historical Medals 735 - Mudie Series 21 (1820)
Mm. 41- White metal
Engravers:Brenet & Mudie

Bramsen - 1175 (Brenet et Mudie) Campagnes de Wellington sur la Péninsule (Description)

Wellington à cheval, la tête nue, est reçu par un espagnol et une espagnole qui lui tendent une guirlande de fleurs. Exergue: THE BRITISH ARMY ENTERS MADRID. AUG. XII MDCCCXII.
Rev: Infanterie anglaise dans des montagnes. Exergue: JULY XXII. MDCCCXII. SALAMANCA.
Médaille, 41 mm. - Inédite; empreinte de M. Jos. Hamburger

British Historical Medals - 735 - THE BATTLE OF SALAMANCA
AR, AE, 41 by N.G.A. Brenet
Obv. British troops preparing to advance against the French deployed in the mountains. In the exergue: JULY XXII. MDCCCXII. SALAMANCA.
Rev. Equestrian figure of the Duke of Wellington being garlanded with flowers by two Spaniards. In exergue: THE BRITISH ARMY ENTERS MADRID. AUG. XII MDCCCXII.
Fi. 467/8; G. 123/547; M 21.
The battle of Salamanca which took place on the 22nd July 1812 was one of the most decisive of the Peninsular War and the first victory on the offensive achieved by Wellington. Marshal marmont made the mistake of despatching the whole of his left wing to seize the road from Salamanca to Ciudad Rodrigo and while many of his troops were still marching through a thick forest of cork trees, Wellington attacked and separated the whole of the French left wing from the rest of the army. Marmont's division, believing that the British were in retreat, were marching in disorder and upon being attacked by Sir Edward Pakenham were soon put to flight. This victory finally opened the road to Madrid for the Allies: they entered the city on the 12th August 1812.
...One of the Mudie's National Medals (See No. 1057) issued in 1820. Examples of this medal are believed to have been struck in gold but no specimen has been met with.

Mudie Series n. XXI - Battle of Salamanca - Description of the medal

...OBVERSE. - The British armies displayed great courage in dislodging the French, under General Marmont, from their very advantageous positions on the heights. This is described by the British troops about victoriously to pursue the enemy, on whom the Goddess of War is hurling destruction: the back ground represents the Arapile mountains.
...REVERSE. - Entry of the British into Madrid. It was the result of this battle; the inhabitants are represented honouring the conqueror, the Duke of Wellington, with garlands of flowers.