Battle of Jemappes

Battle of Jemappes
Arc de Triomphe: JEMMAPES

November 6, 1792

Ordered to take the offensive, General Dumouriez led the French army into Flanders to overthrow the Austrians there. At Jemappes they encountered an outnumbered Austrian force led by Duke Albert of Sachsen-Teschen. Despite having a large number of untested volunteers, the French launched a series of enthusiastic attacks and eventually the Austrians withdrew. The victory was the first major offensive victory for the revolutionary government, and the Austrians evacuated Belgium afterwards.


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