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Second Battle of Orléans (1870)

North German Confederation

  • Kingdom of Prussia
 Bavaria FranceCommanders and leaders
Frederick Francis II
Friedrich Karl Louis d'Aurelle de PaladinesCasualties and losses


353 killed or died of wounds
1,327 wounded
67 missing


7,000 killed or wounded
12,000 prisoners
74 guns and 4 gunboats captured

The Second Battle of Orléans was a battle of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 It took place on December 3 and 4, 1870 and was part of the Loire Campaign The Germans recaptured Orléans, which had been retaken by the French on November 11, 1870 after the Battle of Coulmiers, and divided the French Army of the Loire in two The French lost 19,000 men in two days of combat, including 12,000 prisoners as well as 74 guns and four gunboats[1] German manpower losses amounted to 1,746, of which 353 killed or dead of wounds, 1,327 wounded and 67 missing The Germans lost 368 horses, including 175 killed, 183 wounded and 10 missing[2]


  1. ^ German General Staff 1880, p 364
  2. ^ German General Staff 1880, p 116‡


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  • von Moltke, Helmuth, The Franco-German war of 1870-71, London: J R Osgood, McIlvaine & co 1891 p29-41
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Coordinates: 47°54′09″N 1°54′32″E / 479025°N 19090°E / 479025; 19090

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