Battle of Altenburg

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At Battle of Altenburg (28 September 1813) a combined Sixth Coalition cavalry force of Germans, Austrians and Russian Cossacks under the command on General Johann Thielmann defeated a French detachment under the command of General Charles Lefebvre-Desnouettes at Altenburg, Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, and took over 1,000 prisoners. The Austrian contingent by Emmanuel Mensdorff and the Russian of Cossacks was commanded by Matvei Platov.[1][2]

The battle was the culmination of a raid in which Thielmann cavalry successfully attacked Napoleon's lines of communications along the roads between Erfurt and Leipzig in the Saale valley.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Jaques 2007, p. 40.
  2. ^ UMKP staff 1813, p. 330.
  3. ^ Clarke 1815, pp. 631–632.


  • Clarke, Hewson (1815), "Twelfth Bulletin", An Impartial History of the Naval, Military and Political Events in Europe from the Commencement of the French Revolution to the Entrance of the Allies Into Paris, and the Conclusion of a General Peace [...], Brightly & Childs, pp. 631–632
  • Jaques, Tony, ed. (2007), Dictionary of Battles and Sieges: A Guide to 8,500 Battles from Antiquity through the Twenty-first Century (3 volumes ed.), Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 40, ISBN 978-0-313-33536-5CS1 maint: ignored ISBN errors (link)
  • UMKP staff (1813), The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure, J. Hinton, p. 330