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Battle of Leipzig
Part of the War of the Sixth Coalition
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The Battle of Leipzig by Vladimir Moshkov (1815)
Date 16–19 October 1813
Result Decisive coalition victory

France French Empire

Russia Russia
Austria Austrian Empire
Kingdom of Prussia Prussia
Sweden Sweden
Saxony Saxony
Commanders and leaders
France Napoleon I
Józef Antoni Poniatowski 
Saxony Frederick Augustus

Russia Barclay De Tolly
Russia Count Benningsen

Austria Prince of Schwarzenberg
Sweden Crown Prince Charles John
Kingdom of Prussia Gebhard von Blücher
700 guns
1,500 guns
Casualties and losses
38,000 dead or wounded
20,000 captured
54,000 dead or wounded

The Battle of Leipzig or Battle of the Nations was a battle between Napoleon I and his army and an allied force of several nations. It happened on October 16-19 in 1813. Napoeon’s army had been defeated and depleted in the French invasion of Russia. The French were also losing the Peninsular War and retreating everywhere.

Being outnumbered, he attacked. His allies in the Confederation of the Rhine changed sides, and Napoleon was defeated. It was the one of the largest battles before World War I. It involved about 600,000 soldiers, and the largest cavalry charge ever. It was part of the War of the Sixth Coalition. After this battle, and the later defence of Paris (1814), Napoleon was taken to the island of Elba.

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