10 October 1806
Prussian communications led to the disastrous battle of
Saalfield between advance units of Napoleon
Bonaparte's invading army and a small force under the
vehemently anti-French Prince Louis Ferdinand.
had a little over 8000 men to stop some 41,000 troops under
marshals Lannes and Augereau.
He did have 44 cannon to boost his firepower, but was in
trouble almost from the start.
soon as Lannes saw the Prussians he launched an immediate
assault to pin Ferdinand's force.
Prussians were soon in desperate trouble and the prince
led a brave, but foolish, charge to rescue the situation.
French cavalry attacked and during the clash Ferdinand was
was only one of some 900 Prussians killed. A further 1800
were captured, along with most of the cannons.
French suffered fewer than 200 casualties.