Battle of Arras (1654)

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Battle of Arras
Part of the Franco-Spanish War
Date 23–25 August 1654
Location Arras (present-day France)
Result French victory
Belligerents
 France  Spain
Commanders and leaders
Vicomte de Turenne
Abraham de Fabert
Henri de La Ferté-Senneterre
Prince de Condé
Leopold Wilhelm

The Battle of Arras, fought on August 25, 1654, was a victory of a French army under Turenne against a Spanish army commanded by Don Ferdinand de Salis and the Prince de Condé.

The place, held by a French garrison, was besieged by the Spaniards under the Great Condé. A relief army under Turenne attacked the Spanish lines and totally routed them with a loss of approximately 3,000 men. Condé succeeded in rallying the remainder of his army and made a masterful retreat to Cambrai.

Cyrano de Bergerac, who is the subject of the classic French play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, participated in a siege of Arras in 1640, and not the battle of 1654.


Coordinates: 50°17′23″N 2°46′51″E / 50.2897°N 2.7808°E / 50.2897; 2.7808