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Battle of Bapaume
Part of the Franco-Prussian War
Part of the panoramic painting "Battle of Bapaume" of Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq showing General Faidherbe.
Date January 3, 1871
Location Bapaume, France
Result Prussian strategic victory
Kingdom of Prussia Prussia France France
Edwin Freiherr von Manteuffel Louis Faidherbe
18,000 33,000

The Battle of Bapaume was a battle during the Franco-Prussian War which defeated French attempts to relieve the besieged city of Péronne. The battle was fought on January 3, 1871 near the town of Bapaume.

The Prussian 1st Army had reached Bapaume at the end of December while at the same time the French Army of the North under Faidherbe moved out to break the German siege of Péronne. Both sides encountered each other near Bapaume. Although Faidherbe's green troops held their own against the outnumbered but experienced Prussians, they didn't follow up their advantage and retreated. As a consequence, Péronne surrendered on January 10. Soon the Prussians would be reinforced and two weeks later they would meet Faidherbe in battle again at Saint Quentin.


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