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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.

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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