the day that Napoleon Bonaparte
began his successful push at Dresden, Marshal
Macdonald and a force of 101,000 men stumbled into a
marginally larger Allied army under Marshal
sides were surprised by the encounter, which took place
in heavy rain that added to the confusion as the commanders
tried to organise their forces.
seemed to recover first and, despite the fact he was meant
to screen Blucher's army in a defensive mode, he sent two-thirds
of his force in a flank move on the Prussian and Russian
right wing. Confusion broke out in the French attack as
the columns of men found themselves too far apart and they
pinning French force of some 30,000 men now found itself
under pressure and eventually Macdonald was forced to withdraw.
lost 15,000 men killed, wounded or captured, while Blucher
had an estimated 4000 casualties.
importantly, Macdonald had placed the French in a precarious