7 March, 1814
Blucher had recovered from his earlier setbacks more
quickly than Napoleon Bonaparte
had hoped and so the French emperor was forced to switch
his attacks from Field Marshal Schwarzenberg back to the
with speed and aggression, the French pushed the Allies
over the Aube river and while Blucher planned his counter
with some 85,000 men, Bonaparte's 37,000 troops struck.
aim was to pin the Allies and then launch Marshal
Ney, leading a mixed force heavily weighted towards
cavalry, in a flanking move.
for the French, the coordination was poorly timed and Ney
not only suffered heavy casualties but the Allies managed
to extricate themselves from a sticky situation.
cost Blucher 5000 casualties, while Bonaparte lost some