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Battle of Essling

Date and place

  • May 21st and 22nd, 1809 at Lobau, a swampy area near Vienna, Austria.

Involved forces

  • French army (90,000 men) under Emperor Napoleon the First. 
  • Austrian army (75,000 men) under Archduke Charles of Austria, Duke of Teschen. 

Casualties and losses

  • French army: about 6,000 killed, including Marshall Jean Lannes, 20,000 injured or prisoners. 
  • Austrian army: over 24,000 men out of combat (killed, injured, prisoners). 
Battle of Essling  (detail)
"Napoleon returning to Lobau Island after the Battle of Essling" (detail). Painted 1812 by Charles Meynier.

Detail ot the map of the battle of Essling
Map of the battle
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