Battle of Le Cateau (1794)
|Battle of Le Cateau (1794)|
|Part of War of the First Coalition|
|Habsburg Austria||Republican France|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Casualties and losses|
|293||1,200, 4 guns|
The Battle of Le Cateau (29 March 1794) took place at the start of the 1794 Flanders Campaign during the War of the First Coalition, part of the French Revolutionary Wars. It saw three Republican French divisions led by Antoine Balland, Jacques Gilles Henri Goguet and Jacques Fromentin attack a Habsburg Austrian force commanded by Paul Kray. The Austrians drove off the French and inflicted four French casualties for every Austrian casualty.
Le Cateau-Cambrésis is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) southwest of Cambrai. Pre-empting the opening of the Allied offensive, The French launched an attack on Austrian positions at Le Cateau, and at Beauvais and Solesmes, two villages in the vicinity of Landrecies. These positions were carried by the Republicans, but Austrian cavalry were moved forward in advance of the forward units and charged. In the face of this counter attack the French were stricken with panic, turned and fled, leaving behind 5 guns and 400 dead on the field plus many prisoners, including siixty dragoons who'd dismounted and run into a wood. Austrian losses in comparison were 120 men.
Three weeks later, the Coalition army would launch its spring offensive and open the Siege of Landrecies.
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