Napoleon & Empire

Battle of Craonne

Date and place

  • March 7th, 1814 at Craonne, Aisne, Picardy, northern France.

Involved forces

  • French army (37,000 men) under Emperor Napoleon the First. 
  • Prussian and Russian army (90,000 men), under Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher

Casualties and losses

  • French army: 5,400 men killed or injured, including marshall Victor and the generals Grouchy and Cambronne. 
  • Allied Army: 5,000 soldiers. 
Battle of Craonne (detail)
"The Battle of Craonne" (detail). Painted by Théodore Yung.
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Detail of the map of the battle of Craonne
Map of the battle
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