12 April, 1796
Guides for Northern Italy
the head of 45,000 starving troops, Napoleon
Bonaparte moved into Lombardy and found himself between
a large Piedmontese army under General
Baron Colli (25,000) and an Austrian force of 35,000
under Jean Pierre Beaulieu.
between them, he took 10,000 men and smashed through a small
force of 4500 troops on Beaulieu's right at Montenotte.