The battle of Fornovo (6 July ) was an unsuccessful attempt by an Italian army to stop Charles VIII of France during his retreat from Naples. Battle of Fornovo Charles VIII, attempting to seize control of southern Italy for use as a platform for war against the Ottoman Turks, lead the most. Nicolle, David. Fornovo France’s Bloody Fighting Retreat. Oxford: Osprey, Santosuosso, Antonio. ÔÇťAnatomy of Defeat: The Battle of Fornovo in

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A League army under Gonzaga seeks to destroy a French army marching home under Charles, but the Taro River separates them.

This battle is classified as a draw and had little eventual consequence but fornoovo create a situation in which decisive results and consequences were possible. In a strategic sense, the French were able to achieve their objective of continuing their retreat to France as a result of their tactical victory over League forces on every front.


Battle of Fornovo, 6 July

However, League cavalry was able to loot the French baggage train, claiminggold ducats as well as forcing most French soldiers to go without tents, dry clothes and food for the night Nicolle, Aside from sowing tensions vornovo the League commanders, the League army may have been in a better state compared to the French after the battle, suffering proportionately fewer casualties and possessing more fresh soldiers.

Of course, neither army followed up the battle with any bold action, and thus the battle is remembered only as an indecisive draw.

The League plan correctly identified the French center and Charles as the most promising target and allotted 10, men in the battlegroups of Gonzaga, Garlino, Fortebraccio and Montefeltro to defeat the 3, men of the French center and rearguard. However, the above factors eroded the mass and energy of the main thrust: However, Nicolle appears to have forgotten to multiply the number of French lances, which denote units of six, not individuals, and as such Santosuosso is favoured in this regard.


I did however add the 1, low-quality infantry to the French baggage train that Nicolle mentions The Harper Encyclopedia of Military History: The Battle of Fornovo in International History Review Thank you for visiting The Art of Battle: Currently you have JavaScript disabled. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser.

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