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Battle of Arcole

Date and place

  • November 15th to 17th, 1796 at the Arcole bridge upon Alpone river, near Adige river, twenty-eight kilometers southwest of Verona, Italy.

Involved forces

  • French army (19,000 to 22,000 men) under General Napoleon Bonaparte. 
  • Austrian army (21,000 to 24,000 men) under Baron Josef Alvinczy von Borberek. 

Casualties and losses

  • French army: 200 dead, 900 wounded. 
  • Austrian army: 535 killed, 1,535 injured, 4,000 prisoners, 11 cannons. 
Battle of Arcole (detail)
"Battle of Arcole bridge" (detail). Painted 1803 by Louis-Albert-Ghislain Bacler d'Albe.
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Panoramic of the battlefield of Arcole

The battlefield, seen from the Austrian side: the village of Arcole; then pan to the path from the village to the bridge; the towpath of the Alpone river; the bridge that the French, coming from the opposite bank, crossed. In the background: the obelisk erected in 1810.

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