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Battle Name : Bavay

Date(s) : 17 May 1792

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

Outcome : A victory for Austrian Forces over French Forces

Type of battle : Land


The first offensive action by the Austrians onto French soil. The French cavalry possibly 80 men fled after the first shots were fired. The remaining infantry surrendered, very few were killed or wounded.


Northern France, near the Belgian border about 10 miles southeast of Valciennes. (France)

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
1,100 (91.67%)

Austrian Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
0 (0.00%)