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Battle Name : Craonne

Date(s) : 07 March 1814

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , Napoleon's defence of France ,

Outcome : A victory for Allied Forces over French Forces

Type of battle : Land


Although not realised by the combattants this battle marked the beginning of the end for Napoleon. Equal forces but the French had the Old Guard infantry and cavalry with Napoleon in command. However the Russian artillery destroyed the French infantry attacks. The Allies were able to disengage and following Blücher's plan move to Laon where the remainder of Blücher's army were.


A town in northern France about 16 miles southeast of Laon and about 56 miles northeast of Paris. (France)

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
6,700 (29.13%)

Allied Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
4,785 (20.80%)