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Battle Name : Willems

Date(s) : 10 May 1794

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

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

Type of battle : Land


A strong Coalition cavalry force attacked and the French infantry formed squares [the first time this manoeuvre had been executed successfully]. The Coalition then brought up artillery and raked the squares with grape. Cavalry then charged and three of the squares were broken.
This is one of the three battles that make up the battle of Courtray 10,11 & 12th May 1794. See Courtray and Ingelmunster.


A village in western Belgium just over the border from France between Mouscron and Menin. (Belgium)

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
2,400 (8.00%)

Coalition Forces [British & Austrian]

Number engaged :

Casualties :
250 (5.00%)