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Battle Name : Ligny

Date(s) : 16 June 1815

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , Napoleon's Hundred days ,

Outcome : A victory for French Armée du Nord over Prussian Army

Type of battle : Land


One of the 'Waterloo' quartet of battles.The right wing of the Armee du Nord under Grouchy supported by additional cavalry and Imperial Guard attacked three hastily assembled corps of the Prussians. The French were approximately 70,000 to the Prussian 80,000 but were more experienced troops supported by more guns. The Prussians held for six hours until 9 pm before, with rain falling heavily, withdrawing in reasonable order. A failure to maintain a hot pursuit made Ligny less of a French victory than it might have been.


Belgium (Belgium)

Casualty figures

French Armée du Nord

Number engaged :

Casualties :
11,500 (16.43%)

Prussian Army

Number engaged :

Casualties :
18,000 (20.79%)