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Katzbach River

Battle Name : Katzbach River

Date(s) : 26 August 1813

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

Outcome : A victory for Russo-Prussian Forces over French & Allied Forces

Type of battle : Land


The Allied 'Army of Silesia' commanded by Blucher was being pursued by Macdonald's 'Army of the Bober'. In contravention of Napoleon's orders Macdonald pusued too fast and too far. His columns became scattered. Blucher seized the opportunity and turned to the attack. The battle was fought in pouring rain which rendered artillery and musketry ineffective. In this mainly cavalry battle the French came off much the worst. Many of them were drowned trying to escape across flooded rivers.


A river now called Kaczawa, tributary of the river Oder in Silesia [now Poland]. (Poland)

Casualty figures

French & Allied Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
20,000 (57.14%)

Russo-Prussian Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
4,000 (4.65%)