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Battle of Bautzen

Date and place

  • May 20th and 21st, 1813 on the Spree river, near Bautzen, Saxony, Germany.

Involved forces

  • French army, with additional troops from Wurttemberg, Baden, Hessen, Saxony and Kingdom of Italy (180,000 men), under Emperor Napoleon the First. 
  • Russian-Prussian army (100,000 men), under Marshal Ludwig Adolf Peter of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Ludwigsburg. 

Casualties and losses

  • French army: 12 to 15,000 soldier out of combat, 800 prisoners. 
  • Russian-Prussian army: 18,000 killed, injured or missing. 

Aerial panorama of the battlefield of Bautzen

Two views of the Bautzen battlefield, the first from Wurschen, the second from the Windmuehlenberg in Gleina.

Picture - "The Battle of Bautzen in 1813 - Napoleon, surrounded by his officers, receives a messenger". After Hippolyte Bellangé.

Napoleonic Battles - Picture of the battle of Bautzen -

Photos Credits

  Photos by Lionel A. Bouchon.
  Photos by Marie-Albe Grau.
  Photos by Floriane Grau.
  Photos by Michèle Grau-Ghelardi.
  Photos by Didier Grau.
  Photos made by people outside the Napoleon & Empire association.