16 October 1813
Napoleonic Guide's Suggested
Lindenau was a well-fortified village that protected the
major bridge across the Elster River, a likely escape route
should things go wrong for Napoleon
Bonaparte at nearby Leipzig.
was guarded by several thousand cavalrymen under General
Arrighi, but came under fierce attack from some 30,000 Austrians
led by General Gyulai.
Austrians initially pushed the French back from outlying
villages and only reinforcements from General Bertrand stemmed
the flood and finally defeated it.
for the French, Marshal Ney
had diverted too many of Bertrand's men, who were also needed
in other more crucial areas of the Leipzig battlefield,
and this action was to hamper decisive French plans during
the Battle of Nations.