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Napoléon & Empire

Battle of Craonne

Date and place

  • March 7th, 1814 at Craonne, Aisne, Picardy, northern France.

Involved forces

  • French army (37,000 men) under Emperor Napoleon the First. 
  • Prussian and Russian army (90,000 men), under Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher

Casualties and losses

  • French army: 5,400 men killed or injured, including marshall Victor and the generals Grouchy and Cambronne. 
  • Allied Army: 5,000 soldiers. 

Aerial panorama of Craonne battlefield

Map of the battle of Craonne

Napoleonic Battles - Map of the battle of Craonne

Picture - "The Battle of Craonne". Painted by Théodore Yung.

Napoleonic Battles - Picture of the battle of Craonne -

Photos Credits

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

Video credits

The shots are by Didier Grau, the editing by Lionel A. Bouchon