Rapp’s V Corps and Wilhelm of Württemberg with the III
Corps of the Austrian army, north of Strasbourg on 28 June. Wilhelm’s force is
made up of a mixed bag of Allied troops with infantry brigades from Austria,
Hessen-Darmstadt, and two from Wurttemberg and a Württemberg cavalry brigade.
Rapp commands the 15, 16 and 17th Brigades (the later a reinforcement) and the
7th cavalry brigade.
JUNE 28, 1815
Forces Austrian: 40,000; French: 20,000.
Casualties Austrian: 2,125; French: 3,000.
Location Souffelweyersheim and Hoenheim, near Strasbourg,
France. The V Corps of the French Army was deployed against the Austrians, and
so was not involved in the Waterloo campaign. Although the Napoleonic cause was
lost by that time, V Corps engaged an Austrian army and inflicted a defeat.
The Battle of La Suffel (28 June 1815) was a battle of the
Hundred Days campaign of the Napoleonic Wars, the last battle of the Napoleonic
Wars that the army of the First French Empire would win. Jean Rapp’s
20,000-strong French V Corps (also called the Army of the Rhine), which had
defected to Emperor Napoleon I upon his return to France, was sent to defend
the Vosges, and the 40,000-strong III Corps of the Upper Rhine Army of the
Austrian Empire under Crown Prince Wilhelm of Wurttemberg met the French near
Strasbourg at La Suffel.