Battle of Sprimont

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Battle of Sprimont
Part of the French Revolutionary Wars
Monument La Redoute.jpg
Monument to the battle.
Date 17–18 September 1794
Location Sprimont, near Liège, Belgium
Result

French victory

Belligerents
France French Republic  Habsburg Monarchy
Commanders and leaders
France Jean-Baptiste Jourdan
France François Marceau
France Honoré Haquin
Habsburg Monarchy Count of Clerfayt
Habsburg Monarchy Count Baillet de Latour
Strength
116,000 men 83,000 men

The Battle of Sprimont, Battle of Esneux or Battle of the Ourthe was a battle between French Republican and Austrian troops on the plateau between the valleys of the Vesdre, the Ourthe and the Amblève, 20 km to the south of Liège. It occurred on 17 and 18 September 1794 and was a French Republican victory. The battle put a final end to the Ancien Régime in what is now Belgium, then essentially the Austrian Netherlands, Principality of Liège and the Principality of Stavelot-Malmedy. The French troops dislodged Austrian troops occupying the plateau, though the French suffered heavy losses. Associated with the battle are the villages of Sprimont, Esneux, Fontin and the site of the La Redoute, whose name originates in a redoubt involved in the battle.


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Coordinates: 50°29′28″N 5°42′18″E / 50.49111°N 5.70500°E / 50.49111; 5.70500