Battle of Caldiero
© Alfred Bligny

Battle of Caldiero

Napoleons First Italian campaign

Battle of Caldiero
Battle of Caldiero ©Alfred Bligny
1796 Nov 12

Battle of Caldiero

Caldiero, Italy

In the Battle of Caldiero on 12 November 1796, the Habsburg army led by József Alvinczi fought a First French Republic army commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte. The French assaulted the Austrian positions, which were initially held by the army advance guard under Prince Friedrich Franz Xaver of Hohenzollern-Hechingen. The defenders held firm until reinforcements arrived in the afternoon to push back the French. This marked a rare tactical setback for Bonaparte, whose forces withdrew into Verona that evening after having suffered greater losses than their adversaries.

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