5 August 1796
break the siege of the important fortress of Mantua, Austria
sent three armies to stop it falling into French hands.
Quasdanovich's 18,000 men was to meet with General
Dagobert Wurmser's 24,000 troops and a third force of
5000 to relieve the garrison.
the way was General Napoleon
Bonaparte with a smaller army of exhausted Frenchmen.
In a brave piece of generalship, Bonaparte abandoned the
siege, losing more than 100 cannons in the process, and
dispatched General Massena
to fend off Quasdanovich while General
Augereau battled great odds to stop Wurmser from joining
victory allowed Bonaparte to concentrate on Wurmser and
he planned to draw the Austrian from strong defensive positions,
counterattack and then hit them with a surprise flank attack.
As organised the French frontal assault retreated on orders
and the defenders followed them. Unfortunately, for Bonaparte's
plan, the flank assault was launched early and allowed Wurmser
the chance to redeploy his reserves and keep it at bay.
The French eventually broke the Austrian front, but the
defenders had been given the opportunity to avoid the trap
and took it.
lost 1500 men and Wurmser twice that.