Battle of Quiévrain (1792)

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Battle of Quiévrain (1792)
Part of the French Revolutionary Wars
Général ARMAND LOUIS DE GONTAUT DE BIRON (1747-1793).jpg
1834 painting of general Biron.
Date28 and 30 April 1792
Location
Quiévrain, Belgium
Result 28 April: tactical French victory
30 April: chaotic French retreat
Belligerents
 Kingdom of the French Habsburg Monarchy Austria
Commanders and leaders
Armand-Louis de Gontaut Biron Johann Peter Beaulieu
Strength
15,000[1]

The Battle of Quiévrain refers to two events of conflict between the Archduchy of Austria and the Kingdom of France in late April 1792 during the War of the First Coalition.

On 28 April, there was a minor skirmish at Quiévrain, just across the Franco-Belgian border, resulting in a victory for the French army under the command of general Armand-Louis de Gontaut Biron. However, although Biron advanced and planned to take the city of Mons and eventually Brussels, he judged his forces were not strong enough and decided to retreat. On 30 April, as his troops were passing by Quiévrain again, a false alarm of an Austrian attack caused the soldiers to panic, and they fled back to Valenciennes in a disorderly fashion. His ally Théobald Dillon, who served with Biron under marshal Rochambeau during this invasion, suffered an even worse fate during the battle of Marquain (29 April), some 35 kilometres to the northeast.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connelly, Owen (2012). The Wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon, 1792-1815. London: Routledge. p. 23. ISBN 9781134552894. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  2. ^ Gallaher, John G. (1997). General Alexandre Dumas: Soldier of the French Revolution. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press. p. 18. ISBN 9780809320981. Retrieved 29 July 2018.