Napoleon & Empire

Battle of Laon, March 9th and 10th, 1814

Date and place

  • March 9th to 10th, 1814 at Laon, 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: 6,000 to 9,000 men and 45 cannons. 
  • Allied army: less than 4,000 men. 
Battle of Laon, March 9th and 10th, 1814 (detail)
"Napoleon and Marshal Ney after the Battle of Laon" (detail). Painted 1864 by Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier.

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