1600 26 August 1813
The desperate situation is starting to become apparent to Marshal Soult at his headquarters in Burgos castle.
Over the past 48 hours the whole of the French forward position has fallen apart. One after another each of his three corps commanders confirm defeat and retreat. He has issued urgent orders for a concentration along the line Pancorbo to Aranda, and can now only hope that the Allies will allow him time to disengage, retreat and reform. He considers Wellington to be a cautious general, and is confident that he will halt and regroup before moving west again.