20 April to 4 June, 1800

Battlefield Guides for Northern Italy

Forced into the port of Genoa by the successful Austrian advances in northern Italy, General Massena found himself not only besieged by land, but also hemmed in by a British Royal Navy blockade.

The chances of rescue were slight, but Massena vowed to defend the city to the last man.

Unfortunately for the French the supply levels in Genoa were critically low and the likelihood of a lengthy defence was poor.

Despite knowing a force was moving to his aid and several breakout sorties, Massena was forced to the negotiating table in early July.

He agreed to surrender the city and the French army was able to leave the city with full honours of war and return to French-controlled territory.




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