Battle of Loigny–Poupry

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Battle of Loigny–Poupry
Part of the Franco–Prussian War
Hugo von Kottwitz with the Lübecker Bataillon
Hugo von Kottwitz with the Lübecker Bataillon
Date 2 December 1870
Location Loigny-la-Bataille, France
Result Prussian victory
Belligerents
Kingdom of Prussia Prussia France France
Commanders and leaders
Kingdom of Prussia Friedrich Franz II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin General Gaston de Sonis
Strength
ca. 35,000 ca. 90,000
Casualties and losses
4180 ca. 8000 killed

ca. 3000 Captured

The Battle of Loigny–Poupry was a battle of the Franco–Prussian War. It took place on 2 December 1870 during the Loire Campaign near the town of Loigny. An army detachment (Armee-Abteilung) under the command of Friedrich Franz II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, engaged the French Army of the Loire and defeated them.

The French force was led by General Gaston de Sonis, an experienced cavalry commander. His core troops (about 300) comprised a mixture of Saraphis and Zouaves. Their support troops (the 51st Foot, a largely untrained motley group of conscripts) fell back, leaving de Sonis to make a stand, which he and his Zouaves and Saraphis did.

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