18 February, 1814

With a second Allied army under Field Marshal Karl Schwarzenberg moving against Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte switched his sights from Marshal Blucher's Army of Silesia to the threatening Army of Bohemia.

A 100-kilometre forced march had exhausted the French troops, but they took to Schwarzenberg's army with a passion that fires up troops defending their own lands.

A massive bombardment from a grand battery of artillery was followed by a ferocious assault that cleared the town of Montereau of Austrian troops.

Schwarzenberg lost some 6000 men compared with Bonaparte's 2500 casualties.





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