- Battle of Campo Tenese
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Campo Tenese
War of the Third Coalition
10 March, 1806
Castrovillari, present-day Italy
result=Decisive French victory
First French Empire
*flagicon|Napoleonic Italy Kingdom of Italy
Kingdom of Etruria
*flagicon|Poland|state Polish Legions
combatant2=flagicon|Two Sicilies Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily
Roger de Damas
casualties1=500 killed or wounded
casualties2=3,000 killed or wounded
The Battle of Campo Tenese was a battle on
10 March 1806between the II Corps of Napoleon's Army of Naples under General Reynier and the Royal Neapolitan Army under General Damas. Following the decision by King Ferdinand IV of Naples and Sicily to ally himself with the Third Coalitionagainst Napoleon and the decisive victory over the Allies at the Battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon declared Bourbon rule of southern Italyat an end. He proclaimed his brother Joseph King of Naples, and the French subsequently invaded the Kingdom of Naplesin February 1806 (the second French invasion in 7 years). Naples fell on 15 February and by March only the fortress of Gaeta and Calabria, where the Neapolitan Army was entrenched, still held out against the French.
On 10 March, Reynier's II Corps, which included 2 battalions of the Polish Legions, 1 battalion of Swiss infantry, as well as troops from the Kingdom of Italy and the
Kingdom of Etruria, engaged the Neapolitans in a day of skirmishes. The Neapolitan army was routed and most of the men eventually surrendered, changed sides, or fled to Sicily, which was protected by the British.
A day after the battle,
Joseph Bonapartebecame the new king of the French client state of Naples, splitting mainland Naples from Sicily.
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