Battle of Montmirail was a battle fought near Montmirail, France, during the
Six Days Campaign of the Napoleonic Wars. It was fought on
February 11, 1814, and resulted in the victory of the French under Napoleon Bonaparte over the Russians under General Fabian Wilhelm von
Osten-Sacken and the Prussians under General Ludwig Yorck von
Osten-Sacken's and Yorck's corps each numbered about 18,000, while
Napoleon’s had 10,500 (later brought up to 20,000 by arrival of
reinforcements) and 36 cannons.
rapidly from the south at Champaubert, Napoleon tore into the center of Blücher’s strung out
column as it was pushing west to Paris in pursuit
of French Marshal MacDonald.
central position, the French then drove west with the only
available troops, the Old Guard and a division of the "Marie
Louise" (Young Guard), in hopes of smashing Blucher’s leading
elements (Sacken and Yorck) in isolation and with their backs to
the French held bridges over the Marne.
Sacken turned in response to the French maneuver, seeing so few
French behind him, and sought to cut his way back to Blücher
through Montmirail while Yorck advocated fleeing north through
Chateau Thierry. Seeing that he could not dissuade the Russian from
his aggression, Yorck marched to his aid. The Allies suffered 4,000
casualties, while the French suffered 2,000 casualties.
Eduard Vogel von
participated in the battle as a volunteer Jäger