Second Battle of Orléans (1870)

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Second Battle of Orléans
Part of the Franco-Prussian War
Entrée des Allemands à Orléans.jpg
German troops enter Orléans on 4 December 1870
Date 3–4 December 1870
Location Orléans, France
Result German victory
North German Confederation North German Confederation French Third Republic France
Commanders and leaders
North German Confederation
Prince Friedrich Karl
Grand Duke Frederick Francis II
Ludwig von Wittich
French Third Republic
Louis d'Aurelle de Paladines
Antoine Chanzy
Francois Martineau of Chenez
General Crouzat
Casualties and losses
1,700 20,000

The Second Battle of Orléans was a battle of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. It took place on December 3 and 4, 1870 and was part of the Loire Campaign. The Germans recaptured Orléans, which had been retaken by the French on November 11, 1870 after the Battle of Coulmiers, and divided the French Army of the Loire in two.


  • von Moltke, Helmuth, The Franco-German war of 1870-71, London: J. R. Osgood, McIlvaine & co. 1891 p29-41

Coordinates: 47°54′09″N 1°54′32″E / 47.9025°N 1.9090°E / 47.9025; 1.9090