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Battle of Modena (1799)

Battle of Modena (1799)
Part of War of the Second Coalition
Date 12 June 1799
Location Modena, Italy
Result French victory
Belligerents
Republican France Habsburg Austria
Commanders and leaders
Jacques MacDonald (WIA) Prince Hohenzollern
Units involved
Army of Naples Mantua Siege Corps
Strength
29,000 4,300
Casualties and losses
600 2,400, 8 guns


The Battle of Modena (12 June 1799) saw a Republican French army commanded by Jacques MacDonald attack a Habsburg Austrian covering force led by Prince Friedrich Franz Xaver of Hohenzollern-Hechingen. The outnumbered Austrians were defeated but in an accidental encounter, MacDonald was painfully wounded by two saber cuts. The action occurred during the War of the Second Coalition, part of a larger conflict known as the French Revolutionary Wars. Modena is a city in northern Italy about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Bologna.

In the battles of Magnano and Cassano, the Austrians and allied Russian Empire forces swept the French from much of northern Italy in April 1799. MacDonald collected the French occupying forces in south and central Italy into an army and marched north to retrieve the situation. Bursting out of the Apennine Mountains, the French mauled Hohenzollern's division at Modena. MacDonald swung west to fight the Coalition forces. The next action would be the Battle of Trebbia from 17 to 19 June.

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