22 April 1809
The Napoleonic Guide's
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the majority of Napoleon
Bonaparte's army pursued the Austrians towards Landshut,
Marshal Davout was to follow
what was believed to be the smaller body of enemy troops
fact, once again the brilliant marshal had been sent into
danger's way with poor imperial intelligence. His 20,000
men found themselves up against 75,000 Austrians under the
extremely capable Archduke
the calibre of his opponent, Charles initially attacked
Davout with 40,000 troops.
Davout's III Corps defended soundly but, by 1pm, were being
forced back by the overwhelming odds.
came in to Davout informing him that Marshal
Lannes was near with 30,000 fresh soldiers and so an
immediate assault was ordered to tie the Austrians down.
The fighting was brutal, but the extra troops allowed two
of France's best marshals to smash both Austrian wings.
the time Charles ordered a retreat he had lost Eckmuhl,
along with 7000 casualties and a further 5000 men captured.
The French suffered 6000 casualties.
became Prince of Eckmuhl for his efforts.