Battle of Diersheim (1797)

The Battle of Diersheim (2021 April 1797) saw a First French Republic army led by Jean Victor Marie Moreau clash with a Habsburg army commanded by Anton Count Sztáray de Nagy-Mihaly. Though both sides suffered about 3,000 casualties in the bitter fighting, the Austrians finally retreated with the loss of 13 artillery pieces. Austrian General Wilhelm von Immens was killed and Sztáray badly wounded. The combat at Diersheim was a waste of lives because Napoleon Bonaparte signed the Preliminaries of Leoben with Austria a few days earlier, calling for a truce. However, Moreau's reputation was enhanced by his hard-won victory which occurred during the War of the First Coalition, part of the French Revolutionary Wars. Diersheim is one of a number of villages that make up the municipality of Rheinau. Diersheim lies one kilometer southwest of the Rhine River and about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) northeast of Kehl.

Battle of Diersheim (1797)
Part of War of the First Coalition

Location Diersheim in Rheinau (Baden)
Date20 to 21 April 1797 (2 floréal an V)
Result French victory
French First Republic Habsburg Monarchy
Commanders and leaders
Jean Moreau Count Anton Sztáray
Units involved
Army of Rhin-et-Moselle Army of the Upper Rhine
48,500 24,000
Casualties and losses
3,000 2,900, 13 guns


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