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Battle Name : Hanau

Date(s) : 30 October 1813 - 31 October 1813

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

Outcome : A victory for Grande Armée over Austro-Bavarian Army

Type of battle : Land


Wrede, commanding the Austro-Bavarian army of 30,000 attempted to halt Napoleon's retreat from Leipzig. The Grand Armée was still 60,000 strong and commanded by Napoleon. Wrede's conduct of the action was incompetent in all aspects. He had wasted most of his artillery ammunition [see Würzburg] so that only 58 of his 134 guns were deployed. He had wasted time in getting into and preparing his blocking position. He positioned his army on either side of an unfordable river without settingup additional bridges. Napoleon brushed him aside and continued his withdrawal towards Frankfurt and Mainz.


A town in central Germany where the rivers Main and Kinzig meet about 16 miles east of Frankfurt/Main. (Germany)

Casualty figures

Grande Armée

Number engaged :

Casualties :
10,000 (16.67%)

Austro-Bavarian Army

Number engaged :

Casualties :
2,887 (9.62%)