Second Battle of Orléans (1870)

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Second Battle of Orléans
Part of the Franco-Prussian War
Entrée des Allemands à Orléans.jpg
German troops enter Orléans on 4 December 1870
Date3–4 December 1870
LocationOrléans, France
Result German victory

North German Confederation North German Confederation

French Third Republic France
Commanders and leaders
North German Confederation
Frederick Francis II
Friedrich Karl
Louis d'Aurelle de Paladines
Casualties and losses


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


18,000 men,
74 guns,
4 gunboats,

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 20,000 men in two days of combat, including 18,000 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 or died of wounds, 183 wounded and 10 missing.[2]



  • von Moltke, Helmuth, The Franco-German war of 1870-71, London: J. R. Osgood, McIlvaine & co. 1891 p29-41
  • German General Staff (1880). The Franco-German War 1870-71: Part 2; Volume 1. London: Clowes & Sons. 

Coordinates: 47°54′09″N 1°54′32″E / 47.9025°N 1.9090°E / 47.9025; 1.9090