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Saafeld


Battle Name : Saafeld

Date(s) : 10 October 1806

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , French War of the Fourth Coalition , Napoleon's Jena and Auerst├Ądt Campaign ,

Outcome : A victory for French Forces [Grande Armee] over Prussian-Saxon Forces

Type of battle : Land

Summary

Prince Louis positioned his Prussian-Saxons with the unfordable Salle river at their backs. Lanne's [V Corps] rapidly assessed the situation and decided he could handle Louis without support. While he pinned the Prussian-Saxon front with energetic skirmishing he brought his lead division to turn their right flank and drive them into the Saale. Prince Louis was killed leading a desperate cavalry charge to retake the Saale river bridge. No more than half the French force had been in the action which destroyed the Prussian-Saxon force and gained the valuable river bridge.

Location

A small town in eastern Germany on the river Saale about 24 miles southwest of Jena. (Germany)

Casualty figures

French Forces [Grande Armee]

Number engaged :
12,800

Casualties :
200 (1.56%)

Prussian-Saxon Forces

Number engaged :
8,300

Casualties :
1,800 (21.69%)