14 February, 1814
the Allied corps of General Johan Yorck and General Sacken
with a strong force under Marshal
Mortier, Napoleon Bonaparte
then himself moved against what reports stated was a weak
force under the direct command of Marshal
Prussian leader had some 20,000 men with him - mainly the
corps of General Friedrich
Kleist - and as he marched towards Vauchamps he ran
into a force under Marshal
men found themselves in a nasty fight and the cavalry suffered
heavy losses before being pushed off the field by the French.
old marshal himself got a nasty fright when reports came
in that Bonaparte was close by and set to reinforce Marmont
and so he quickly ordered a retreat.
Moving cavalry to trap the Prussians, Marshal
Grouchy's advance was slowed by boggy ground and most
of Blucher's men managed to evade capture.
did, however, leave behind some 7000 killed, wounded and
captured, as well as large amounts of supplies. The French
lost about 600 men.