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Battle of Auerstaedt

Date and place

  • October 14th, 1806 at Auerstaedt (now Auerstedt), Duchy of Saxony, fifteen kilometers north of Jena, Weimarer Land district of Thuringia, Germany.

Involved forces

  • French army's III Corps (20,000 to 26,000 men), under Marshal Louis-Nicolas Davout
  • Prussian army (60,500 men) under King Frederick William III and General Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-L├╝neburg. 
Battle of Auerstaedt (detail)
"Battle of Auerstaedt" (detail). Painted 1879 by Gaspard Gobaut.
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Detail of the map of the battle of Auerstaedt
Map of the battle
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