Last minute hotel reservation!

 

Lodi

10 May 1796

Battlefield Guides for Northern Italy

It was at the battle of Lodi that Napoleon Bonaparte proved himself to his men and won the nickname The Little Corporal.

The French were trying to trap General Beaulieu's Austrians but tardiness allowed the enemy to escape across the Adda River to safety.

Beaulieu left behind a 10,000-strong force at Lodi to delay any French pursuit and when Bonaparte's men arrived they found the defenders in a strong position and the vital bridge swept by cannon and musket fire.

Bonaparte himself sighted the French artillery pieces - usually the job for an artillery corporal - and pinned down the Austrians with accurate fire while an assault was organised.

A determined and costly charge by General Massena, combined with flanking crossings further along the river, forced the Austrian rearguard to retreat towards the fortress at Mantua.

Both sides lost about 2000 men at Lodi.

 

 

 

 
 
Napoleon Bonaparte
Career Portraits
Quotes Family
Loves Letters
Plots Murdered?
His will Places
   
Era of Napoleon
Powers Opponents
Coalitions Allies
People Timelines
Key sites Shrapnel
   
Warfare
Campaigns Battles
Armies Generals
Marshals Winners
Glossary Medical
Weapons 1812 War
Uniforms Battlefields
   
War at Sea
Naval War Heroes
Artworks Signals
Nelson Trafalgar
   
Maps
Key Maps Peninsula
Animated 1796/1800
1809 Russia
   
French Revolution
Revolution Guillotine
Posters People
   
Art, Film, Games
Education Goya
Sharpe Hornblower
Books Movies
DVDs Music
Wargames Images
Cartoons Caricatures
   
Other
About Us Sources
Awards Sitemap
Links Militaria
Miniatures Reenactors
Forum Quizzes
Home Waterloo Diorama
   
Napoleonic Auctions
General Miniatures
Militaria  
   
   
Copyright Richard Moore 1999 | Privacy Policy | Contact Us