21 April 1809

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Retreating from the battle of Abensberg, Austria's General Hiller took 36,000 men south-east towards Landshut.

The pursuing French, under Marshal Lannes, went after him in strength, believing he had the bulk of the Austrian forces with him.

A further 57,000 men under Marshal Massena were manouevring to cut Hiller's escape route.

The defenders fought doggedly as the French tried to cross the Isar river.

The arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte and the imminent closing of the noose by Massena forced Hiller to move.

His casualties were some 10,000 men and 30 cannons.


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