Military Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire

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List of First French Empire battles in the Napoleonic Wars, listed alphabetically with photos, images, and maps when possible. Every major battle, skirmish, or conflict in Napoleonic Wars involving the First French Empire is included here, along with information like exactly where the battle took place. If you want to learn even more about these Napoleonic Wars battles that involved Napoleonic Wars you can click on the names of the battles for more information.

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Action of 10 February 1809 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Action of 10 February 1809 Leeward Islands - The Action of 10 February 1809 was a minor naval engagement of the Napoleonic Wars, in which a British Royal Navy squadron chased and captured the French frigate Junon in the Caribbean Sea. ...more

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Action of 10 November 1808 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Action of 10 November 1808 Bay of Biscay - The Action of 10 November 1808 was a minor naval engagement of the Napoleonic Wars, in which a British frigate defeated and captured a French frigate in the Bay of Biscay. The action formed part ...more

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Action of 13 September 1810 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Action of 13 September 1810 Réunion, France - The Action of 13 September 1810 was an inconclusive frigate engagement during the Napoleonic Wars between British Royal Navy and French Navy frigates during which a British frigate was defeated ...more

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Action of 18 November 1809 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Action of 18 November 1809 Indian Ocean - The Action of 18 November 1809 was the most significant engagement of a six-month cruise by a French frigate squadron in the Indian Ocean during the Napoleonic Wars. The French commander, ...more

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Action of 18 September 1810 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Action of 18 September 1810 Réunion, France - The Action of 18 September 1810 was a naval battle fought between British Royal Navy and French Navy frigates in the Indian Ocean during the Napoleonic Wars. The engagement was one of several ...more

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Battle of Tamatave is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Toamasina, Madagascar - The Battle of Tamatave was fought off Tamatave in Madagascar between British and French frigate squadrons during the Napoleonic Wars. The action was the final engagement of the Mauritius ...more

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Battle of Pirano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Battle of Pirano Adriatic Sea - The Battle of Pirano on 22 February 1812 was a minor naval action of the Adriatic campaign of the Napoleonic Wars fought between a British and a French ship of the line in the vicinity of the ...more

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Action of 22 January 1809 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Action of 22 January 1809 Pointe-Noire, Guadeloupe, Guadeloupe - The Action of 22 January 1809 was a minor naval engagement fought off the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe during the Napoleonic Wars. The action was fought as part of the blockade of Guadeloupe ...more

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Action of 29 November 1811 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Action of 29 November 1811 Adriatic Sea - The Action of 29 November 1811 was a minor naval engagement fought between two frigate squadrons in the Adriatic Sea during the Adriatic campaign of the Napoleonic Wars. The action was one of a ...more

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Action of 3 July 1810 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Action of 3 July 1810 Indian Ocean - The Action of 3 July 1810 was a minor naval engagement of the Napoleonic Wars, in which a French frigate squadron under Guy-Victor Duperré attacked and defeated a convoy of Honourable ...more

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Action of 31 May 1809 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Action of 31 May 1809 Indian Ocean - The Action of 31 May 1809 was a naval skirmish in the Bay of Bengal during the Napoleonic Wars. During the action, an Honourable East India Company convoy carrying goods worth over ...more

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Action of 6 April 1809 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Action of 6 April 1809 Bay of Biscay - The Action of 6 April 1809 was a small naval battle fought between the French frigate Niémen and several British frigates, principally HMS Amethyst, as part of the blockade of Brest, ...more

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Adriatic campaign of 1807–14 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Adriatic Sea - The Adriatic campaign was a minor theatre of war during the Napoleonic Wars in which a succession of small British Royal Navy squadrons and independent cruisers harried the combined naval forces ...more

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Invasion of Java is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Java, Indonesia - The invasion of Java in 1811 was a successful British amphibious operation against the Dutch East Indian island of Java that took place between August and September 1811 during the Napoleonic ...more

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Atlantic campaign of 1806 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Atlantic campaign of 1806 Atlantic Ocean - The Atlantic campaign of 1806 was a complicated series of manoeuvrees and counter-manoeuveres conducted by squadrons of the French Navy and the British Royal Navy across the Atlantic Ocean ...more

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Battle of Abensberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Abensberg, Germany - The Battle of Abensberg took place on 20 April 1809, between a Franco-German force under the command of Emperor Napoleon I of France and a reinforced Austrian corps led by Feldmarschall-Leutnant ...more

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Battle of Alba de Tormes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Alba de Tormes, Spain - In the Battle of Alba de Tormes on 26 November 1809, an Imperial French corps commanded by François Étienne de Kellermann attacked a Spanish army led by Diego de Cañas y ...more

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Battle of Albuera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
La Albuera, Spain - The Battle of Albuera was a battle during the Peninsular War. A mixed British, Spanish and Portuguese corps engaged elements of the French Armée du Midi at the small Spanish village of ...more

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Battle of Arcis-sur-Aube is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Arcis-sur-Aube, France - The Battle of Arcis-sur-Aube was Napoleon’s penultimate battle before his abdication and exile to Elba. Encountering Field Marshal Schwarzenberg's larger Austrian force, Napoleon Bonaparte ...more

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Battle of Aspern-Essling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Lobau, Austria - In the Battle of Aspern-Essling, Napoleon attempted a forced crossing of the Danube near Vienna, but the French and their allies were driven back by the Austrians under Archduke Charles. The ...more

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Battle of Austerlitz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Moravia, Czech Republic - The Battle of Austerlitz, also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors, was one of the most important and decisive engagements of the Napoleonic Wars. Widely regarded as the greatest victory ...more

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Battle of Barrosa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Cadiz, Spain - The Battle of Barrosa was part of an unsuccessful manoeuvre to break the siege of Cádiz in Spain during the Peninsular War. During the battle, a single British division defeated two ...more

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Battle of Bautzen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Bautzen, Germany - In the Battle of Bautzen a combined Russian/Prussian army was pushed back by Napoleon, but escaped destruction, some sources claim, because Michel Ney failed to block their retreat. The ...more

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Battle of Berezina is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Berezina River, Belarus - The Battle of Berezina took place from 26 to 29 November 1812, between the French army of Napoleon, retreating after his invasion of Russia and crossing the Berezina, and the Russian armies ...more

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Battle of Borodino is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Borodino (village), Mozhaysky District, Moscow Oblast - The Battle of Borodino, fought on September 7, 1812, was a major engagement in the Napoleonic Wars during the French invasion of Russia. The fighting involved around 250,000 troops and produced ...more

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Battle of Bussaco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Serra do Buçaco - The Battle of Buçaco or Bussaco resulted in the defeat of French forces by Lord Wellington's Anglo-Portuguese Army, in Portugal during the Peninsular War. Having occupied the heights of ...more

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Battle of Burgos is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Burgos, Spain - The Battle of Burgos, also known as Battle of Gamonal, was fought on November 10, 1808, during the Peninsular War in the village of Gamonal, near Burgos, Spain. A powerful French army under ...more

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Battle of Caldiero is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Verona, Italy - The Battle of Caldiero took place on October 30, 1805, pitting the French Armée d'Italie under Marshal André Masséna against an Austrian army under the command of Archduke ...more

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Battle of Cape Finisterre is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Galicia, Spain - In the Battle of Cape Finisterre off Galicia, Spain, the British fleet under Admiral Robert Calder fought an indecisive naval battle against the combined Franco-Spanish fleet which was returning ...more

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Battle of Cape Ortegal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Ortegal, A Coruña, Spain - The Battle of Cape Ortegal was the final action of the Trafalgar Campaign, and was fought between a squadron of the Royal Navy and a remnant of the fleet that had been destroyed earlier at the ...more

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Battle of Champaubert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Paris, France - The Battle of Champaubert was the opening engagement of the Six Days Campaign. It was fought on 10 February 1814 by a French force under Napoleon I against Russians and Prussians under ...more

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Battle of Château-Thierry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Château-Thierry, France - The Battle of Château-Thierry occurred on 12 February 1814 between the vanguard of the Army of Silesia under Marshal von Blücher and a French army under Emperor Napoleon I. It was a

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Battle of Craonne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Craonne, France - The Battle of Craonne was fought on 7 March 1814 and resulted in a French victory under Napoleon I against Russians and Prussians under General Blücher. Craonne is a village on the Chemin ...more

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Battle of Dennewitz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Berlin, Germany - The Battle of Dennewitz took place on 6 September 1813 between the forces of the First French Empire and an army of Prussians and Russians of the Sixth Coalition. It occurred in Dennewitz, a ...more

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Battle of Dresden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Dresden, Germany - The Battle of Dresden was fought on 26–27 August 1813 around Dresden, Germany, resulting in a French victory under Napoleon against forces of the Sixth Coalition of Austrians, Russians and ...more

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Battle of Elchingen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Elchingen, Germany - The Battle of Elchingen, fought on 14 October 1805, saw French forces under Michel Ney rout an Austrian corps led by Johann Sigismund Riesch. This defeat led to a large part of the Austrian army ...more

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Battle of Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Cantabria, Spain - The Battle of Espinosa de los Monteros was a battle of the Napoleonic Wars, fought on 10 and 11 November 1808 at the township of Espinosa de los Monteros in the Cantabrian Mountains. It resulted ...more

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Battle of Eylau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Bagrationovsk, Russia - The Battle of Eylau or Battle of Preussisch-Eylau, 7 and 8 February 1807, was a bloody and inconclusive battle between Napoléon's Grande Armée and a Russian Empire army under Levin ...more

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Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Fuentes de Oñoro, Spain - In the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro, the British-Portuguese Army under Viscount Wellington checked an attempt by the French Army of Portugal under Marshal André Masséna to ...more

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Battle of Grand Port is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Battle of Grand Port Grand Port District, Mauritius - The Battle of Grand Port was a naval battle between squadrons of frigates from the French Navy and the British Royal Navy. The battle was fought during 20–27 August 1810 over possession of the ...more

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Battle of Hanau is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Hanau, Germany - The Battle of Hanau was fought on between Karl Philipp von Wrede’s Austro-Bavarian corps and Napoleon's retreating French during the War of the Sixth Coalition. Following Napoleon's defeat at ...more

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Battle of Haslach-Jungingen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Haslach im Kinzigtal, Germany - The Battle of Haslach-Jungingen, also known as the Battle of Albeck, fought on 11 October 1805 at Ulm-Jungingen north of Ulm at the Danube between French and Austrian forces, was part of the War ...more

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Battle of Heilsberg is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
East Prussia - The Battle of Heilsberg took place on 10 June 1807, during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Battle of Issy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France - The Battle of Issy was fought on 2 and 3 July 1815 in and around the village of Issy, a short distance south west of Paris. The result was a victory for Field Marshal Prince Blücher over a ...more

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Battle of Jena–Auerstedt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Jena, Germany - The twin battles of Jena and Auerstedt were fought on 14 October 1806 on the plateau west of the river Saale in today's Germany, between the forces of Napoleon I of France and Frederick William ...more

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Battle of La Suffel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Battle of La Suffel Souffelweyersheim, France - The Battle of La Suffel was a French victory over Austrian forces of the Seventh Coalition and the last French pitched battle victory in the Napoleonic Wars. It was fought on 28 June 1815 at ...more

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Battle of Landshut is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Bavaria, Germany - The Battle of Landshut took place on April 21, 1809, between the French, Württembergers and Bavarians under Napoleon which numbered about 77,000 strong, and 36,000 Austrians under the ...more

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Battle of Leipzig is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Leipzig, Germany - The Battle of Leipzig or Battle of the Nations was fought 16–19 October 1813, at Leipzig, in Saxony. The coalition armies of Russia, Prussia, Austria, and Sweden, led by Tsar Alexander I of ...more

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Battle of Lemos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Battle of Lemos Monforte de Lemos, Spain -

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Battle of Les Sables-d'Olonne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Napoleonic Wars Battles Involving the First French Empire
Battle of Les Sables-d'Olonne Les Sables-d'Olonne, France - The Battle of Les Sables-d'Olonne was a limited frigate action that took place on 23 February 1809 off Les Sables-d'Olonne. Three ships of the line and two attached ships of the British squadron ...more