Battle of La Suffel

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Battle of La Suffel
Part of the Napoleonic Wars
Date 28 June 1815
Location Souffelweyersheim and Hoenheim, France
Result French victory
Belligerents
France French Empire Seventh Coalition:
Commanders and leaders
France Jean Rapp Austria Crown Prince of Württemberg[1]
Units involved
V Corps III Corps of the Upper Rhine Army
Strength
About 20,000[1][2] About 40,000[1]
Casualties and losses
~3,000[1] 75 officers and 2,050 men[1]

The Battle of La Suffel was a French victory over Austrian forces of the Seventh Coalition and the last French pitched battle victory in the Napoleonic Wars. It was fought on 28 June 1815 at Souffelweyersheim and Hoenheim, near Strasbourg.

During the Waterloo Campaign, General Jean Rapp rallied to Napoleon Bonaparte and was given command of the V Corps (also known as the Army of the Rhine), consisting of about 20,000 men. He was ordered to observe the border near Strasbourg,[3] and to defend the Vosges. Ten days after Waterloo (in which his corps took no part), he met the III Corps of the Austrian Upper Rhine Army under the command of the Crown Prince of Württemberg near Strasbourg and defeated them at the Battle of La Suffel.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e William Siborne. The Waterloo Campaign, 1815, pp 771-772
  2. ^ Moore, Richard. Jean Rapp, Napoleonic Guide Napoleonic Guide
  3. ^ a b Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, Waterloo Campaign

Further reading[edit]

  • Chandler, David (1979). Waterloo: The Hundred Days (Battles and Histories). Osprey Publishing. p. 180. ISBN 1-85532-716-3. 
  • Rapp, Jean (1823). Memoirs of General Count Rapp, first aide-de-camp to Napoleon. H. Colburn and Co. pp. 365–370.