Napoleons First Italian campaign

Second Battle of Bassano
Second Battle of Bassano 1796 ©Keith Rocco
1796 Nov 6

Second Battle of Bassano

Bassano del Grappa, Italy

The Austrians sent yet another army under József Alvinczi against Bonaparte in November. Again the Austrians divided their effort, sending Davidovich's corps from the north while Alvinczi's main body attacked from the east. The Austrians repulsed persistent French attacks in a struggle in which both sides suffered heavy losses. The engagement, which happened two months after the more famous Battle of Bassano, marked the first tactical defeat of Bonaparte's career.