4-7 June, 1799
more than 40,000 Austrians swarmed into Switzerland, Marshal
Massena was sent to fend them off and met them with
some 30,000 troops at Zurich.
subsequent four-day battle was a ferocious one - with the
Austrians eager to continue their run of victories and the
French doggedly determined to halt their progress.
the weight of numbers was too great for Massena whose force
withdrew to safer ground. He left behind 1700 casualties,
while the Austrians suffered almost 3500.