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Battle of La Favorita

Date and place

  • January 16th, 1797, at La Favorita, near Mantua, northern Italy.

Involved forces

  • French army (about 15,000 men) under General Napoleon Bonaparte.  
  • Austrian army (approximately 15,000 men) under Generals Dagobert Sigismund von Wurmser and Giovanni Provera.  
Battle of La Favorita (detail)
"Battle of La Favorita" (detail). Painted by Carle Vernet.
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General Wurmser, blocked inside Mantua  since August 1796 by French troops, tried on that day an output, combined with the arrival of a relief column under the command of General Giovanni Provera.

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