Napoleon's Italian Campaign


The Italian campaign of 1796-1797, waged by a young Napoleon Bonaparte, was a decisive campaign in the French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802). It led to the defeat of Austria, the beginning of French control of northern Italy, and the end of the war, but most importantly, it launched Bonaparte himself to new heights of fame and power.

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  • 27 Mar 1796
    General Napoleon Bonaparte takes command of the Army of Italy.
  • 10 Apr 1796 - 2 Apr 1797
    Napoleon Bonaparte's Italian Campaign.
  • 12 Apr 1796
    Bonaparte defeats an Austrian-Piedmontese army at the Battle of Mottenotte, his first victory in command of an army.
  • 28 Apr 1796
    General Bonaparte secures the surrender of Piedmont-Sardinia with the armistice of Cherasco.
  • 10 May 1796
    The Battle of Lodi results in a French victory over Austria.
  • 15 May 1796
    Bonaparte's Army of Italy enters Milan.
  • 2 Jun 1796 - 2 Feb 1797
    Bonaparte's Army of Italy lays siege to Mantua.
  • 5 Aug 1796
    General Bonaparte defeats Austrian general Wurmser at the Battle of Castiglione.
  • 8 Sep 1796
    Bonaparte defeats Wurmser again at the First Battle of Bassano.
  • 15 Nov 1796 - 17 Nov 1796
    The Battle of Arcole results in a French victory over Austria.
  • 14 Jan 1797 - 15 Jan 1797
    General Bonaparte's Army of Italy wins the Battle of Rivoli, ending Austrian control of northern Italy.
  • 17 Oct 1797
    Austria and France sign the Treaty of Campo Formio, ending the War of the First Coalition.