Second Battle of Orléans (1870)

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For similarly titled battles, see Battle of Orléans.
Second Battle of Orléans
Part of the Franco-Prussian War
Date December 3 – 4 1870
Location Orléans, France
Result Decisive Prussian victory
Kingdom of Prussia Prussia
France France
Commanders and leaders
Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia

Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg

General Ludwig von Wittich
General Louis d'Aurelle de Paladines

General Antoine Chanzy General Francois Martineau of Chenez

General Crouzat
Casualties and losses
1,700 20,000

The Second Battle of Orléans was a battle of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. It took place on December 3 and 4, 1870 and was part of the Loire Campaign. The Germans recaptured Orléans, which had been retaken by the French on November 11, 1870 after the Battle of Coulmiers, and divided the French Army of the Loire in two.


  • von Moltke, Helmuth, The Franco-German war of 1870-71, London: J. R. Osgood, McIlvaine & co. 1891 p29-41

Coordinates: 47°54′09″N 1°54′32″E / 47.9025°N 1.9090°E / 47.9025; 1.9090