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Mantua, first siege

Battle Name : Mantua, first siege

Date(s) : 18 June 1796 - 01 August 1796

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

Outcome : A victory for Coalition Forces [ Austrian Garrison] over French Forces

Type of battle : Land


Bonaparte's siege artillery was tied up at the siege of Milan so initially Mantua was blockaded by a force of 9,200 under Serurier. Milan citadel capitulated on the 29th June which allowed siege artillery to be in place and active around Mantua by the 19th July. W├╝rmser's advance forced Bonaparte to concentrate against him and therefore to raise the siege. Immediately the Austrians levelled all French siege works, captured and removed French guns and restocked the city.


A fortress town on the river Mincio in northwestern Italy.

More details

Bonaparte's initial strategic planning called for the river Adige to be held as a defensive line against any possible Austrian counter offensive. As part of this plan he had to subdue the major cities/fortresses which would lie in his rear. Milan and Mantua were both key positions.

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
2,200 (6.11%)

Coalition Forces [ Austrian Garrison]

Number engaged :

Casualties :
639 (4.65%)