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Battle Name : Trebbia

Date(s) : 17 June 1799 - 20 June 1799

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , French War of the Second Coalition ,

Outcome : A victory for Austro-Russian Allies over French Forces

Type of battle : Land


Macdonald pulled back from the first contacts with the Austro-Russians and drew up his men with their backs to the Trebbia river. On the 18th the Allies attacked all along the line. The French were losing the struggle when Macdonald ordered them to pull back over the river in the dark. Next day he counter-attacked but after heavy fighting the Allies held this attack. Now the Allies put in reserve divisions and the French broke.


A southern tributary of the river Po which it joins at Piacenza in northern Italy. (Italy)

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
16,500 (50.00%)

Austro-Russian Allies

Number engaged :

Casualties :
4,849 (13.11%)