14 October 1813
Napoleonic Guide's Suggested
Liebertwolkwitz was a meeting engagement that shouldn't
have escalated into a battle, but did so and resulted in
the largest cavalry clash of the Napoleonic Wars.
began with Napoleon Bonaparte's
need to slow the Russo-Austrian advance towards Leipzig
so he could gather his forces to meet the threat from the
massive Allied armies.
sent Marshal Murat with
more than 32,000 infantry and 7000 cavalry to delay the
leading elements of the Army of Bohemia under Field Marshal
vanguard included Austrian, Russian and Prussian units numbering
some 60,000 infantry and 6000 cavalry led by General Count
Klenau, General Ludwig Wittgenstein
and General Friedrich Kleist.
cavalry battle was long and bloody and involved each side
attacking, being beaten off, throwing in their reserves,
having them victorious - only to be attacked again by the
rallied units that had fought earlier.
see-sawing struggle lasted most of the day and the town
of Liebertwolkwitz was eventually taken by Klenau's infantry,
but was later evacuated by the Allies.
were high with the French losing 1500 killed and wounded
and a further 1000 men captured, while the Allies had General
Dokhturov killed, 2500 other casualties and some 500 men
the efforts of both armies the battle ended in a draw.