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Encyclopedia > Battle of Craonne
War memorial "des Marie-Louise et des Bleuets de 1914"
War memorial "des Marie-Louise et des Bleuets de 1914"
War of the Sixth Coalition
LützenBautzen – Großbeeren – KatzbachDresdenKulmDennewitzLeipzigHanau – La Rothière – ChampaubertMontmirail – Château-Thierry – VauchampsMontereauCraonneLaonArcis-sur-Aube – La Fère-Champenoise - Paris

The Battle of Craonne was fought on March 7, 1814, and resulted in a French victory under Napoleon I of France against Russians and Prussians under General Blücher. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (480 × 640 pixel, file size: 79 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Battle of Craonne Metadata This file... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (480 × 640 pixel, file size: 79 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Battle of Craonne Metadata This file... Combatants Prussia Russia Austria United Kingdom Sweden Sicily Sardinia French Empire Italy Naples Warsaw Confederation of the Rhine[1] Swiss Confederation Commanders Gebhard von Blücher Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly Mikhail Kutuzov Prince Wittgenstein Prince Schwarzenberg Prince Charles John Napoleon I of France Michel Ney Jozef Antoni Poniatowski Europe... Combatants First French Empire Prussia Russia Commanders Napoleon I of France Jacques Lauriston Michel Ney Nicolas Oudinot Auguste Marmont Gebhard von Blücher Peter Wittgenstein Gerhard von Scharnhorst† Strength 120,000 73,000 Casualties 18-22,000 18-22,000 The Battle of Lützen was the first major engagement... The Battle of Bautzen was fought on May 21, 1813, and resulted in a French victory under Napoléon Bonaparte against the Kingdom of Prussians and Russians. ... The Battle of Großbeeren took place on 23 August 1813, between forces of the First French Empire and an allied Prussian-Swedish army of the Sixth Coalition. ... The Battle of Katzbach on 26 August 1813, was an accidental engagement of the Napoleonic Wars which took place in a heavy thunderstorm between the forces of the First French Empire under Marshal MacDonald and a Russo-Prussian army of the Sixth Coalition under Prussian Marshal Graf (Count) von Bl... The Battle of Dresden was fought on August 26-27, 1813, and resulted in a French victory under Napoleon Bonaparte against Austrians, Russians and Prussians under General Schwartzenberg. ... Combatants First French Empire Sixth Coalition Russia Prussia Austria Commanders General Dominique Vandamme Marshal Saint-Cyr Marshal Auguste Marmont Field Marshal Barclay de Tolly Prince Peter Wittgenstein Count Alexander Tolstoy General Kleist Strength 32,000 54,000 Casualties 5,000 killed or wounded, 7,000-13,000 captured around 11... Battle of Dennewitz 6 September 1813 Prelude: Marshall Oudinot advanced his corp along 3 separate roads on an advance to Berlin. ... Combatants French Empire Duchy of Warsaw Confederation of the Rhine[1] Austria Prussia Russia Sweden Commanders Napoleon I Jozef Antoni Poniatowski† Frederick Augustus of Saxony Barclay De Tolly Count Benningsen Prince of Schwarzenberg Gebhard von Blücher Prince Charles John of Sweden Strength 191,000 330,000 Casualties 38,000... Combatants First French Empire Bavaria Austria Commanders Napoleon I Karl Philipp von Wrede Strength 17,000 43,000 Casualties ~4,500[1] 9,000 In the Battle of Hanau (October 30-31, 1813) Wredes Austro-Bavarian corps attacked Napoleons retreating French army a few miles to the east... Combatants France Prussia Commanders Napoleon I of France Blücher Strength 40,000 110,000 Casualties 6,000 6,000 The Battle of La Rothière was fought on February 1, 1814 between France and Prussia. ... The Battle of Champaubert (now Giffaumont-Champaubert) was the opening engagement of the Six Days Campaign. ... The battle of Montmirail was fought on February 11, 1814 and resulted the victory of the French under Napoleon Bonaparte over the Russians under General Dmitri Sacken and the Prussians under General Johann Yorck. ... The Battle of Château-Thierry occured on February 12, 1814 between a Prussian army under Marshall von Blücher and the French under Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. ... The Battle of Vauchamps, the final major engagement of the Six Days Campaign, was fought on February 14, 1814 and resulted in 18,000 French under Napoleon defeating 30,000 Prussian troops. ... The battle of Montereau was fought on February 18, 1814 and resulted the victory of the French under Napoleon Bonaparte against Austrians and Wütembergeois under Prince Royal of Würtemberg. ... The Battle of Laon was fought on March 9 and March 10 of 1814 between the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Prussian army of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. ... The Napoleonic Wars lasted from 1804 until 1815. ... The Battle of La Fère-Champenoise was fought on March 25, 1814, between France and the Sixth Coalition. ... The Battle of Paris was fought during the Napoleonic Wars in 1814. ... March 7 is the 66th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (67th in leap years). ... Year 1814 (MDCCCXIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Napoléon I, Emperor of the French (born Napoleone di Buonaparte, changed his name to Napoléon Bonaparte)[1] (15 August 1769; Ajaccio, Corsica – 5 May 1821; Saint Helena) was a general during the French Revolution, the ruler of France as First Consul (Premier Consul) of the French Republic from... Flag of Prussia (1894 - 1918) The Kingdom of Prussia existed from 1701 until 1918, and from 1871 was the leading kingdom of the German Empire, comprising in its last form almost two-thirds of the area of the Empire. ... Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. ...


Craonne is a village on the Chemin des Dames, in the département of Aisne. The Chemin des Dames, literally, the Ladies Way, was a pleasure walk along a ridge offering views across the Aisne and the surrounding landscape, and designated by the French king, Louis XV for the amusement of his daughters. ... Aisne is a département in the northern part of France named after the Aisne River. ...


Marshal Blucher had recovered from his earlier setbacks more quickly than Napoleon Bonaparte had hoped and so the French Emperor was forced to switch his attacks from Field Marshal Schwarzenberg back to the Prussian commander.


Moving with speed and aggression, the French pushed the Allies over the Aisne river and while Blucher planned his counter with some 85,000 men, Napoleon's 37,000 troops struck.


Napoleon's aim was to pin the Allies and then launch Marshal Ney, leading a mixed force heavily weighted towards cavalry, in a flanking move.


Unfortunately, for the French, the coordination was poorly timed and Ney not only suffered heavy casualties but the Allies managed to extricate themselves from a sticky situation.


Craonne cost Blucher 5,000 casualties, while Napoleon lost some 5,400.


The young French conscripted soldiers were called "Marie-Louise" (Napoleon's second wife name) because many were too young to have a beard. Marie Louise (full name: Maria Ludovica Leopoldina Franziska Therese Josepha Lucia von Habsburg-Lothringen, later after 1817 in Italian Maria Luigia dAsburgo-Lorena, Duchessa di Parma, Piacenza, e Guastalla) (b. ...


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