June 14, 1807
he looked down on the town of Friedland, General Bennigsen
must have been pleased. Opposing his 61,000 Russians were
a mere 17,000 French troops.
forward with some 40,000 men, he found that his enemy was
putting up stiff resistance and the opposing Marshal
Lannes was refusing to give ground to superior numbers.
now found his men split by the Alle river and suddenly assaulted
by 80,000 Frenchmen under the personal command of Napoleon
It took the emperor under two hours to smash the Russian
left wing and only one more to send them fleeing for safety.
losses were some 20,000 men and 80 cannons, while the French
suffered 12,000 casualties.