Battle of Tolentino
3 May, 1815
King of Naples, Marshal Joachim
Murat backed Napoleon
Bonaparte's return to power in France and moved his
36,000-man army northwards to central Italy.
Austrian force of some 10,000 troops under Field Marshal
Baron Vicenz Bianchi moved to stop him and they met at the
small town of Tolentino.
quality of the Neopolitan army was ordinary, aside from
Murat himself, and the disciplined Austrians moved in with
courage and determination.
his heroics, Murat's force was soundly beaten suffering
1700 casualties and having 2400 men captured. Bianchi's
force lost fewer than 800.
Tolentino the Neopolitan force ceased to exist as an effective
fighting force and began the fall of Murat whose career
would later end in front of a firing squad.