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Battle Name : Wavre

Date(s) : 18 June 1815 - 19 June 1815

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , Napoleon's Hundred days ,

Outcome : An inconclusive engagement between French Forces and Prussian Forces

Type of battle : Land


Grouchy commanding the right wing of the French Army, 28,000 men, was successfully held by the Prussian rearguard near Wavre. Thielmann's corps was initially only 17,000 strong but held a defensive position on the river Dyle between Limale and Wavre. First shots were fired in the afternoon of the 18th and Grouchy renewed his attack the following day until he heard news of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. Grouchy then disengaged and conducted an orderly retreat to France. The Prussians gained a 'draw' against a numerically superior more battle hardend enemy and deprived Napoleon of Grouchy's Corps where it was most needed.


Approximately ten miles East of the main battlefield at Waterloo. (Belgium)

Casualty figures

French Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
2,500 (8.93%)

Prussian Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
2,467 (9.49%)