N & E
Napoléon & Empire
Battle of Essling
Date and place
May 21st and 22nd, 1809 at Lobau, a swampy area near Vienna, Austria.
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).
"Napoleon returning to Lobau Island after the Battle of Essling" (detail). Painted 1812 by Charles Meynier.
Map of the battle
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