Battle of Bapaume (1871)

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Battle of Bapaume
Part of the Franco-Prussian War
Part of the panoramic painting "Battle of Bapaume" of Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq showing General Faidherbe.
Date3 January 1871
Result Prussian strategic victory
Kingdom of Prussia Prussia France France
Commanders and leaders
Edwin Freiherr von Manteuffel Louis Faidherbe
18,000 33,000
Casualties and losses
750 soldiers
52 officers
1,569 soldiers
53 officers
Battle of Bapaume 1st Anniversary Medal 1872, obverse
Battle of Bapaume 1st Anniversary Medal 1872, reverse

The Battle of Bapaume was a battle during the Franco-Prussian War, brought about by French attempts to relieve the besieged city of Péronne, Somme. The battle was fought on 3 January 1871 near the town of Bapaume.[1]

The Prussian 1st Army had reached Bapaume at the end of December while at the same time the French Army of the North under Faidherbe moved out to break the German siege of Péronne. Both sides encountered each other near Bapaume. Although Faidherbe's green troops held their own against the outnumbered but experienced Prussians, they did not follow up their advantage. As a consequence, Péronne surrendered on 10 January. Soon the Prussians would be reinforced and two weeks later they would meet Faidherbe in battle again at Saint Quentin.

Coordinates: 50°06′16″N 2°51′07″E / 50.1044°N 2.8519°E / 50.1044; 2.8519


  1. ^ Michelin and Cie Publisher (1919). The Somme, Volume 1 The First Battle of the Somme (1916-1917) (Illustrations): (Albert, Bapaume, Péronne). Michelin & Cie. pp. 107–. GGKEY:4PH9PZRJ3PE.