26 September, 1799
months after the first battle of Zurich, a reinforced Marshal
Massena's found himself in another unenviable position
of having to fend off vastly greater numbers of Russians
under the legendary Field
through alpine passes, Suvarov wanted to ensure his enemy
would not escape and so sent more than half his army of
58,000 men to cut off Massena's line of retreat.
French commander, however, acted with a Bonapartish style
and, after sending a small force to slow Suvarov's progress
through the passes, rounded on the other Russian army under
General Alexander Korsakov.
smashed into the Russians and scattered them, causing 8000
casualties and capturing supplies, baggage and cannons.
Massena turned on Suvarov and in a brilliant offensive operation
drove him away - killing, wounding and capturing almost
result of Massena's victory was the destruction of the legend
of Suvarov who, blamed for the debacle died only months
afterwards - and the withdrawal of Russia from the Second