Battle of Sprimont

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Battle of Sprimont
Part of the War of the First Coalition
Monument La Redoute.jpg
Monument to the battle.
Date17–18 September 1794

French victory

France French Republic  Habsburg Monarchy
Commanders and leaders
France Jean-Baptiste Jourdan
France François Marceau
France Honoré Haquin
Count of Clerfayt
Habsburg Monarchy Count Baillet de Latour
Units involved
Army of Sambre-et-Meuse Austrian Army
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 kilometres (12 mi) 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. 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.


  • Thiry, Louis (1936). La Bataille de Sprimont (in French). Falk fils ed.

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