up his success at Craonne,
Napoleon Bonaparte again
tried the flanking manouevre against Marshal
Blucher's 85,000 men.
his 47,000-strong force, Bonaparte sent Marshal
Marmont with almost 10,000 men in a heavy assault against
the Allies' left flank.
move met with disaster for the French, as Marmont moved
too slowly and was caught on the hop by an Allied attack.
would have been completely destroyed had it not been for
a heroic defence of a crucial gully by small detachments
of the Old Guard.
withdrew the next day leaving behind 6000 casualties, while
his opponents suffered 4000.