Battle of Diersheim (1797)

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Battle of Diersheim (1797)
Part of War of the First Coalition
Diersheim in Rheinau.png
Location Diersheim in Rheinau (Baden)
Date20 to 21 April 1797 (2 floréal an V)
Location
Result French victory
Belligerents
Flag of France.svg French First Republic Banner of the Holy Roman Emperor (after 1400).svg Habsburg Monarchy
Commanders and leaders
Flag of France.svg Jean Moreau Banner of the Holy Roman Emperor (after 1400).svg Count Anton Sztáray
Units involved
Army of Rhin-et-Moselle Army of the Upper Rhine
Strength
48,500 24,000
Casualties and losses
3,000 2,900, 13 guns

The Battle of Diersheim (2021 April 1797) saw a First French Republic army led by Jean Victor Marie Moreau clash with a Habsburg army commanded by Anton Count Sztáray de Nagy-Mihaly. Though both sides suffered about 3,000 casualties in the bitter fighting, the Austrians finally retreated with the loss of 13 artillery pieces. Austrian General Wilhelm von Immens was killed and Sztáray badly wounded. The combat at Diersheim was a waste of lives because Napoleon Bonaparte signed the Preliminaries of Leoben with Austria a few days earlier, calling for a truce. However, Moreau's reputation was enhanced by his hard-won victory which occurred during the War of the First Coalition, part of the French Revolutionary Wars. Diersheim is one of a number of villages that make up the municipality of Rheinau. Diersheim lies one kilometer southwest of the Rhine River and about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) northeast of Kehl.

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