- Battle of Sacile
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Sacile
War of the Fifth Coalition
16 April 1809
Sacile, Republic of Venice, Italy
First French Empire
Archduke Johann of Austria
commander2=Prince Eugène de Beauharnais
3,500 dead and wounded
15 guns lostThe Battle of Sacile took place on
April 16 1809, between 40,000 Austrians under the Archduke John, and 36,000 French and Italians under Eugène de Beauharnais, Viceroy of Italy.
April 9, 1809, Austria declared war on France. Archduke John crossed the Italian border with his army forcing the French to retreat and regroup behind the Tagliamento River. However, pre-empting the threat posed by the troops of Archduke John, Prince Eugène had already positioned his troops on the border in Friuliand Venetia. In particular, General Grenier's 3rd division was positioned in the town of Sacile. Prince Eugène organised a defence of the town in preparation of a counter-attack.
The Austrians arrived at Sacile on 16 April, having been delayed by a string of minor actions at
Pordenoneand Ospedaletto. The majority of the fighting occurred in the vicinity of the newly constructed bridges over the river. Fighting lasted throughout the morning until an Austrian flank movement, which menaced the French line of retreat, forced Eugène to retire. The Frence fell back to the Piave Riverwhere both sides would meet again.
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