Napoleons First Italian campaign

Battle of Lodi
The French passing the bridge
1796 May 10

Battle of Lodi

Lodi, Italy

The Battle of Lodi was not a decisive engagement since the Austrian army had successfully escaped. But it became a central element in the Napoleonic legend and, according to Napoleon himself, contributed to convincing him that he was superior to other generals and that his destiny would lead him to achieve great things. The French took Milan afterwards.