Battle of Le Cateau (1794)

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Battle of Le Cateau (1794)
Part of War of the First Coalition
Date 29 March 1794
Location Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France
Result Coalition victory
Habsburg Monarchy Habsburg Austria France Republican France
Commanders and leaders
Habsburg Monarchy Paul Kray France Antoine Balland
France Jacques Goguet
France Jacques Fromentin
7,000 15,000
Casualties and losses
293 1,200, 4 guns

The Battle of Le Cateau (29 March 1794) saw three Republican French divisions led by Antoine Balland, Jacques Gilles Henri Goguet and Jacques Fromentin attack a Habsburg Austrian force commanded by Paul Kray. The Austrians drove off the French and inflicted four French casualties for every Austrian casualty. The somewhat pointless action took place during the War of the First Coalition, part of the French Revolutionary Wars. Le Cateau-Cambrésis is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) southwest of Cambrai. Three weeks later, the Coalition army would launch its spring offensive in the Siege of Landrecies.[1][2]


  1. Phipps 2011, p. 285.
  2. Smith 1998, p. 72.


  • Phipps, Ramsay Weston (2011). The Armies of the First French Republic: Volume I The Armée du Nord. USA: Pickle Partners Publishing. ISBN 978-1-908692-24-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Smith, Digby (1998). The Napoleonic Wars Data Book. London: Greenhill. ISBN 1-85367-276-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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