Napoleon & Empire

Battle of Lützen

Date and place

  • May 2nd, 1813 near Lützen, eighteen kilometers southwest of Leipzig, Saxony, Germany.

Involved forces

  • French army (120,000 men) under Emperor Napoleon the First.  
  • Prussian and Russian armies (73,000 men) under Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher and Count Ludwig Adolf Peter of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Ludwigsburg.  
Battle of Lützen  (detail)
"Napoleon the First at the Battle of Lützen, May 2nd, 1813" (detail). Painted by Louis-François Couche.

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