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Le Cateau

Battle Name : Le Cateau

Date(s) : 26 April 1794

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

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

Type of battle : Land


A resounding defeat for the French not only in killed, wounded but also in the loss of guns [40] and ammunition wagons [50]. A very large factor in their defeat was the action by the Duke of York's corps, cavalry of both allies, which rolled up the French from their open flank.


A town in northern France on the river Selle 15 miles southeast of Cambrai.

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
7,000 (17.50%)

Coalition Forces [Austrian, British]

Number engaged :

Casualties :
2,500 (10.87%)