8 October, 1805
opening clash of the 1805 Campaign saw an isolated Austrian
force under Field Marshal Auffenberg surprised by the advance
guard of the French Grande Armee.
Marshals Joachim Murat and
Jean Lannes, the 12,000-strong
French force - including some 4000 cavalry - caught the
Austrians on the hop and were among them before many could
form defensive squares.
battalions disintegrated immediately and by the end of the
action fewer than half of the original 5500 men in Auffenberg's
III Corps escaped. Almost 3000 were captured, while only
400 were killed or wounded.
French lost fewer than 200 men.