Battle of Montebello (1859)

Battle of Montebello
Part of Second Italian War of Independence

Battle of Montebello
Date 20 May 1859
Location
Montebello, present-day Italy
Result Franco-Sardinian victory
Belligerents
 France
Sardinia
 Austrian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Elie Frédéric Forey Philipp von Stadion und Thannhausen
Strength
6,600 infantry 18,708 infantry
600 cavalry
12 guns
4 rocket launchers
Casualties and losses
France:
81 killed
492 wounded
69 missing
Kingdom of Sardinia:
52 killed, wounded or prisoners
Total:
694
331 killed
785 wounded
307 missing
Total:
1,423
Places of the 1859 Austro-Sardinian War.

The Battle of Montebello was fought on 20 May 1859 at Montebello (in what is now Lombardy, northern Italy). It was a minor engagement of the Second Italian War of Independence, fought between Piedmontese cavalry and French infantry against Austrian troops. Because of this battle, the Austrian commander-in-chief was obliged to keep some troops to cover the southern part of the front.

Order of battle

Austria

FML Graf Stadion, commander of V Corps

  • 2 squadrons of 12th regiment Haller Hussars
  • Paumgarten division
    • Gaal brigade
      • 1/1st Liccaner Grenze
      • Regiment 3 Erzherzog Karl, 4 battalions
    • Prince Alexander von Hessen brigade
      • 4/Kaiser Jager Regt
      • Regiment 31 Culoz, 4 battalions
    • Bils Bde
      • 2/3rd Oguliner Grenze
      • Regiment 47 Kinsky, 3 battalions
    • 20 guns
    • elements Boer brigade (attached)
      • Regiment 49, 2nd battalion
      • Regiment 61, 1 battalion

(9,950 infantry, 230 cavalry and 20 guns)

  • Urban independent division (attached)
  • 2 squadrons of 12th regiment Haller Hussars
    • Schaffgottsche brigade
      • 3rd Jager Btn
      • Regiment 39 Don Miguel, 1 battalion
      • Grenadier Btn of Regiment 59 Raineri
      • Sluiner Grenz, 2 companies
    • Braum brigade
      • Regiment 40 Rossbach, 3 battalions
    • 12 guns
    • 4 rocket launchers

(6,700 infantry, 225 cavalry and 12 guns)

Austria

FML Graf Stadion, commander of V Corps

  • 2 squadrons of 12th regiment Haller Hussars
  • Paumgarten division
    • Gaal brigade
      • 1/1st Liccaner Grenze
      • Regiment 3 Erzherzog Karl, 4 battalions
    • Prince Alexander von Hessen brigade
      • 4/Kaiser Jager Regt
      • Regiment 31 Culoz, 4 battalions
    • Bils Bde
      • 2/3rd Oguliner Grenze
      • Regiment 47 Kinsky, 3 battalions
    • 20 guns
    • elements Boer brigade (attached)
      • Regiment 49, 2nd battalion
      • Regiment 61, 1 battalion

(9,950 infantry, 230 cavalry and 20 guns)

  • Urban independent division (attached)
  • 2 squadrons of 12th regiment Haller Hussars
    • Schaffgottsche brigade
      • 3rd Jager Btn
      • Regiment 39 Don Miguel, 1 battalion
      • Grenadier Btn of Regiment 59 Raineri
      • Sluiner Grenz, 2 companies
    • Braum brigade
      • Regiment 40 Rossbach, 3 battalions
    • 12 guns
    • 4 rocket launchers

(6,700 infantry, 225 cavalry and 12 guns)


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