Napoleon & Empire

Battle of Bautzen

Date and place

  • May 20th and 21st, 1813 on the Spree river, near Bautzen, Saxony, Germany.

Involved forces

  • French army, with additional troops from Wurttemberg, Baden, Hessen, Saxony and Kingdom of Italy (180,000 men), under Emperor Napoleon the First. 
  • Russian-Prussian army (100,000 men), under Marshal Ludwig Adolf Peter of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Ludwigsburg. 
Battle of Bautzen (detail)
"The Battle of Bautzen in 1813 - Napoleon, surrounded by his officers, receives a messenger" (detail). After Hippolyte Bellangé.

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