- Battle of Abensberg
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Abensberg
War of the Fifth Coalition
20 April, 1809
combatant1=flagicon|Austrian Empire Austria
casualties1=2,800 dead and wounded, 4,000 prisoners
casualties2=2,000 dead and wounded The Battle of Abensberg took place on
April 20 1809, between the French, Württembergers (VIII Corps) and Bavarians (VII Corps) under Napoleon which numbered about 90,000 strong, and 80,000 Austrians under the Archduke Charles of Austria. The battle resulted in a French victory.
Desperately trying to wrest the initiative back from Archduke Charles in the opening phases of the
1809campaign, Napoleon Bonaparte consolidated his forces, left in a confused state by the former commander Marshal Berthier, and went on the offensive at Abensberg.
On the French left, Marshal Lannes' corps drove back the Austrians after a feeble resistance. In the centre the Bavarians were hard pressed, but eventually Napoleon succeeded in turning the Austrian flank, exposed by the defeat of their right, and Charles was forced to retreat. The Austrians lost 7,000, the French, Württembergers and Bavarians about 3,000 killed and wounded. Despite being outnumbered, Bonaparte's 113,000 troops split the 160,000 strung-out Austrians into two forces. Charles was forced to retreat east to
Eckmühland General Hiller moved south-east to Landshut. Both then had to fight a second major battle each. Austria suffered 2800 casualties at Abensberg, with a further 4000 men captured.
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