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Battle Name : Kulm

Date(s) : 29 August 1813 - 30 August 1813

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , Napoleon's Leipzig Campaign ,

Outcome : A victory for Austrian Forces over French Forces

Type of battle : Land


After Dresden Napoleon had sent Vandamme commanding I Corps, XIV Corps & I Cavalry Corps [37,000] to cut the line of retreat of the allied army. Instead of finding broken units of the retreating army the French came upon General Ostermann's 44,000 flank guard of Barclay de Tolly's 'Army of Bohemia'. The two corps engaged in a frontal slogging match until General Kliest, retreating from Dresden with 10,000 Prussians fell on the rear of the French. Although they fought desperately the French were overwhelmed and Vandamme was captured.


A village in Bohemia [now Czech Republic] on the river Elbe about 7 miles northeast of Teplitz. (Czech Republic)

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
15,000 (40.54%)

Austrian Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
12,319 (17.60%)