The Battle of Winterthur (27 May 1799) was fought between French forces
under André Masséna and elements of the Austrian army under Friedrich
Freiherr von Hotze during the War of the Second Coalition, part of the
French Revolutionary Wars. The town of Winterthur lies 18 kilometers
(11 mi) northeast of Zürich, in Switzerland. Any army holding the
town, at the junction of seven crossroads, controlled access to most of
Switzerland and entry points into southern Germany. By mid-May 1799, the
Austrians had wrested control of parts of Switzerland from the French.
After defeating Jean-Baptiste Jourdan's 25,000-man Army of the Danube at
the battles of Ostrach and Stockach, the Austrian army prepared to unite
its three main forces on the plains surrounding Zürich. The French Army
of Switzerland and the Army of the Danube, now both under the command of
Masséna, sought to prevent this merger. The Austrians pushed the French
out of the Winterthur highlands and consolidated their forces on the
plateau north of Zürich, leading to the French defeat in the First
Battle of Zürich a few days later.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Winterthur>
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King-Grand Duke William III unilaterally revised the
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The first fraternity exclusively for collegiate band members,
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Between 3,500 and 4,000 tonnes of ordnance exploded at the RAF
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A bomb exploded under a high-speed train travelling between
Moscow and Saint Petersburg derailing it, killing 28 passengers and
injuring more than 90 others.
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