10 February, 1814
battle of Champaubert was one of the few times in years
that France was able to take to the field with a considerable
Bonaparte had moved against a strung-out Prussian army
in the hope of whittling it down by a series of battles
and on 10 February he caught General Olussiev's 5000 Russians
just south of Champaubert.
a six-to-one advantage in troops, Bonaparte crushed Olussiev,
who had decided to fight rather than retreat in the mistaken
hope that he would get reinforcements from Field
five hours of fighting the Russians were surrounded by French
cavalry and suffered 4000 killed, wounded and captured.
of the prisoners was Olussiev. The French lost about 200