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Battle of Fleurus, 26 June 1794

Battle of Fleurus, 26 June 1794


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Battle of Fleurus, 26 June 1794

Battle of Fleurus, 26 June 1794. An important battle in deciding the fate of the infant French republic, Fleurus in Belgium is also noted for being one of the first battles to include aerial reconnaissance. It occurred when a sizeable Austrian army under the Prince of Saxe-Coburg moved to attack a French army pushing into the Netherlands.The Austrian army were defeated by the French under General Jean-Baptiste Jourdan. The Battle lasted about 6 hours and ended Austrian control over the Netherlands

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This print captures the historic Battle of Fleurus, which took place on 26 June 1794. It was a crucial battle that determined the fate of the young French republic and marked a significant milestone in military tactics with its inclusion of aerial reconnaissance. The location, Fleurus in Belgium, witnessed an intense clash between a formidable Austrian army led by Prince Saxe-Coburg and the advancing French forces commanded by General Jean-Baptiste Jourdan. Lasting for approximately six hours, this fierce engagement resulted in a resounding victory for the French army, effectively ending Austrian control over the Netherlands. The image showcases various elements characteristic of warfare during this period – soldiers armed with weapons, horses charging into battle, and even a hot air balloon hovering above as part of early aerial surveillance. As we delve into this engraving from the 18th century, we are reminded not only of Napoleon Bonaparte's presence on the battlefield but also his strategic brilliance that would shape European history. This print serves as both an artistic representation and historical documentation of one of France's most significant battles during the tumultuous era of revolution. The vibrant colors bring to life not just the chaos and violence inherent to war but also highlight religious symbols scattered throughout – reminding us that conflicts often intertwine with matters deeply rooted in faith and ideology. Overall, this remarkable piece offers us a glimpse into an important moment where nations clashed for power amidst changing dynamics in Europe.

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