Battle of Sprimont

Battle of Sprimont
Part of the War of the First Coalition

Monument to the battle.
Date17–18 September 1794

French victory

French Republic  Habsburg Monarchy
Commanders and leaders
Jean-Baptiste Jourdan
François Marceau
Honoré Haquin
Count of Clerfayt
Count Baillet de Latour
Units involved
Army of Sambre-et-Meuse Austrian Army
116,000 men 83,000 men

The Battle of Sprimont, Battle of Esneux or Battle of the Ourthe was a battle between French Republican and Austrian troops on the plateau between the valleys of the Vesdre, the Ourthe and the Amblève, 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of Liège. It occurred on 17 and 18 September 1794 and was a French Republican victory. The battle put a final end to the Ancien Régime in what is now Belgium, then essentially the Austrian Netherlands, Principality of Liège and the Principality of Stavelot-Malmedy. French troops dislodged Austrian troops occupying the plateau, though the French suffered heavy losses. Associated with the battle are the villages of Sprimont, Esneux, Fontin and the site of the La Redoute, whose name originates in a redoubt involved in the battle.


  • Thiry, Louis (1936). La Bataille de Sprimont (in French). Falk fils ed.

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