SE­COND ITAL­IAN WAR OF IN­DE­PEN­DENCE

History of War - - SECOND FRENCH EMPIRE -

Napoleon III sides with Sar­dinia against the Aus­trian Em­pire and per­son­ally leads an army into Italy. Franco-sar­dinian forces win ma­jor vic­to­ries at Pale­stro, Ma­genta and Solferino, and the war plays a cru­cial part in the process of Ital­ian uni­fi­ca­tion.

The Bat­tle of Ma­genta is a Fran­cosar­dinian vic­tory, although the brunt of the fight­ing is borne by 5,000 grenadiers of the French Im­pe­rial Guard

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