important battle in deciding the fate of the infant French
republic, Fleurus is also noted for being one of the first
battles to include aerial reconnaissance.
occurred when a sizeable Austrian army under the Prince
of Saxe-Coburg moved to attack a French army pushing into
52,000 regulars took on General
Jean-Baptiste Jourdan's 75,000 troops, many of them
conscipts, and found the going tough.
poorly coordinated attacks were quickly countered by Jourdan
who was able to observe the Austrian moves from several
battle, which lasted about six hours, was a major reverse
for the First Coalition and ended Austrian control over
losses have been put at about 4000, while the Austrians
suffered 2300 casualties.