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Battle Name : Fontaniva

Date(s) : 05 November 1796

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

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

Type of battle : Land


Massena had been despatch by Bonaparte to halt the advanced guard of the Austrian [Alvintzy] advance. He failed to dislodge them from islands in the Brenta river. As more Austrians began to come up Massena withdrew.


A village on the east bank of the Brenta river northern Italy about 11 miles northeast of Vicenza.

More details

Bonaparte had intelligence that Alvintzy's advanced guartds were far, too far, ahead of their respective main bodies. He despatched Massena's division to deal with Baron Liptay's force at the crossing of the Brenta river at Fontaniva.

Casualty figures

French Forces [Massena]

Number engaged :

Casualties :

Coalition Forces [ Austrian ]

Number engaged :

Casualties :
28 (0.93%)