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Battle of La Rothière

Battle of La Rothière
Part of the War of the Sixth Coalition

Württemberg dragoons charging French infantry
Date 1 February 1814
Location La Rothière, France
Result French indecise victory
Belligerents
French Empire Prussia
Russian Empire
Austrian Empire
Bavaria
Württemberg
Commanders and leaders
Napoleon I Gebhard von Blücher
M. Barclay de Tolly
Ignaz Gyulai
Karl von Wrede
Strength
32,000
128 guns
170,000
Casualties and losses
5,600 dead, wounded or captured
73 guns
8,000–9,000 dead or wounded

The Battle of La Rothière was fought on 1 February 1814 between the French Empire and allied army of Austria, Prussia, Russia, and German States previously allies with France. The French were led by Emperor Napoleon and the coalition army was under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. Attacked by a large force in severe weather conditions (wet snowstorm), the French managed to hold until they could retreat under cover of darkness. Multinational coalition forces used white shoulder bands to distinguish friends from foes during the battle.

Battle

Map of the battle

The French army counted about 45,000 men in 57 battalions and 62 squadrons, supported by 128 artillery pieces. The Imperial Guard was commanded by Emmanuel Grouchy led the cavalry. On the Allied side, Prince Scherbatov led the Russian 6th Corps, General-Leutnant Olssufiev directed the Russian 9th Corps, Count Liewen III commanded the Russian 11th Corps, Feldzeugmeister Ignaz Gyulai led the Austrian 3rd Corps, Crownprince William I of Württemberg directed the 4th Corps, General der Kavallerie [[Karl

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