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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

May 18th, 1794 - The Battle of Tourcoing

Conflict: War of the First Coalition

Combatants: Anglo-Austrian vs. French

Location: France

Outcome: French victory

After embarking on simultaneous offensives, the army of the French Republic, under command of General Joseph Souham, met and engaged an allied force of Austrians, British, Hanoverians, and Hessians led by Friedrich Josias, the Prince of Saxe-Coburg. During the battle, which took place near the Belgium border, the Allies attempted to encircle the slightly smaller French army but failed and were badly mauled in a counterattack. The outnumbered French defeated the Allied forces, inflicted 5,500 casualties, and destroyed 60 guns. The French suffered about 3,000 casualties and lost 7 guns.

Perils by Sea by an unknown artist (published in the Strand)

Points of Interest:

  • Souham was only in temporary command at Tourcoing. General Jean-Charles Pichegru was the commander of the French Army of the North.

  • The French moved on into Belgium and took the town of Charleroi on June 25th.

Friedrich Josias, Prince of Saxe-Coburg by Ferdinand Jagemann
Général Joseph Souham by an unknown artist



Dupuy, Trevor N., Johnson, Curt, & Bongard, David L. (1992). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military Biography. New York: Castle Books (HarperCollins).

Dupuy, R. Ernest & Dupuy, Trevor N. (1993). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military History. New York: HarperCollins.

Eggenberger, David (1985). An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.

Haythornthwaite, Philip J. (1990). The Napoleonic Source Book. New York: Facts on File.

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