10 April, 1796

In a move aimed at disrupting French preparations for an offensive in Northern Italy, Austria's General Johan Beaulieu decided to destroy an isolated brigade under General Jean-Baptiste Cervoni.

He sent 10,000 men to surround Cervoni's men at the port of Voltri, some 16 kilometres west of Genoa.

Though surprised and outnumbered by three-to-one, Cervoni managed to conduct an almost-textbook withdrawal and beat the trap set for him.




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