4-7 June, 1799

As 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.

The 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.

Eventually, 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.



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