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Battle of Tuttlingen
Part of Thirty Years' War
DateNovember 24, 1643
LocationTuttlingen (present-day Germany)
Result Imperial-Spanish victory
 Kingdom of France  Holy Roman Empire
Fahne Kurbayern.gif Bavaria
Commanders and leaders
Kingdom of France Josias Rantzau  (POW) Holy Roman Empire Franz von Mercy

The Battle of Tuttlingen was fought in Tuttlingen on November 24, 1643. Those involved in the conflict were the French forces led by Marshal Josias Rantzau and the armies of the Holy Roman Empire and Spain led by Franz von Mercy. Technically, Mercy led a military force composed of Imperial, Spanish, Bavarian, and Lorrainer troops. Ultimately, Rantzau's forces were defeated by Mercy's surprise attack. After having suffered defeat, Rantzau's troops retreated back across the Rhine River into Alsace.[1] Moreover, Mercy held both Rantzau and seven thousand French troops captive.


  1. Croxton, pp. 981, 987.


  • Croxton, Derek. "The Prosperity of Arms Is Never Continual: Military Intelligence, Surprise, and Diplomacy in 1640s Germany." The Journal of Military History, Vol. 64, No. 4 (October 2000), pp. 981–1003.

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