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  1. 462 to 770 casualties total. The Battle of Puebla ( Spanish: Batalla de Puebla; French: Bataille de Puebla) took place on 5 May, Cinco de Mayo, 1862, near Puebla de Zaragoza during the Second French intervention in Mexico. French troops under the command of Charles de Lorencez repeatedly failed to storm the forts of Loreto and Guadalupe situated on top of the hills overlooking the city of Puebla, and eventually retreated to Orizaba in order to await reinforcements.

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  2. 476 killed, 304 wounded, 35 captured. The Battle of Puebla took place on 5 May 1862, near Puebla City in Mexico. It was part of the "Second French intervention in Mexico". The Mexican Army won over the occupying French soldiers. The French eventually overran the Mexicans in other battles.

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  4. Siege of Puebla (1863) The siege of Puebla occurred between 16 March and 17 May 1863 during the Second French intervention in Mexico, between forces of the Second French Empire and forces of the Second Federal Republic of Mexico. The French were advancing toward Mexico City, and were blocked by Mexican troops at Puebla .

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  5. Date: May 5, 1862. Location: Mexico Puebla. Participants: France Mexico. See all related content →. Battle of Puebla, (May 5, 1862), battle fought at Puebla, Mexico, between the army of the liberal government headed by Benito Juárez and the French forces sent by Napoleon III to establish a French satellite state in Mexico. The battle, which ended in a Mexican victory, is celebrated in the national calendar of Mexican holidays as Cinco de Mayo (5th of May).

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    In the summer of 1861, President Benito Juárez announced that Mexico would suspend repayment of loans to Britain, France, and Spain for two years as he worked to stabilize his nation's finances. These loans had primarily been taken to finance operations during the Mexican-American Warand the Reform War. Unwilling to accept this suspension, the thre...

    On February 19, 1862, Mexican Foreign Minister Manuel Doblado met with British and Spanish representatives near La Soledad. Here the two European nations agreed not to advance further while debt negotiations were in progress. As talks progressed, the French captured the port of Campeche on February 27. A few days later, on March 5, a a French army ...

    Pressing inland to avoid the diseases of the coast, Lorencez occupied Orizaba which prevented the Mexicans from taking possession of key mountain passes near the port of Veracruz. Falling back, the General Ignacio Zaragoza's Army of the East took up positions near Acultzingo Pass. On April 28, his men were defeated by Lorencez during a large skirmi...

    Pushing on, Lorencez, whose troops were among the best in the world, believed he could easily dislodge Zaragoza from the town. This was reinforced by intelligence suggesting that the population was pro-French and would aid in expelling Zaragoza's men. Reaching Puebla late on May 3, Zaragoza set his men to improving the city's defenses before placin...

    Meeting heavy fire from Zaragoza's lines and the two forts, this attack was beaten back. Somewhat surprised, Lorencez drew upon his reserves for a second attack and ordered a diversionary strike towards the east side of the city. Supported by artillery fire, the second assault advanced further than the first but was still defeated. One French soldi...

    A stunning victory for the Mexicans, against one of the best armies in the world, the Battle of Puebla cost Zaragoza 83 killed, 131 wounded, and 12 missing. For Lorencez, the failed assaults cost 462 dead, over 300 wounded, and 8 captured. Reporting his victory to Juárez , the 33-year old Zaragoza stated, "The national arms have been covered with g...

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  6. Oct 23, 2009 · The Battle of Puebla Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central ...

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