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|Battle of St. Quentin|
|Part of the Franco-Prussian War|
Prussian forces in St. Quentin, 1871
|Commanders and leaders|
|August Karl von Goeben||Louis Faidherbe|
|Casualties and losses|
3,500 killed and wounded,|
While the Prussian armies under Wilhelm I besieged Paris, the Prussian I Army, now under the command of August Karl von Goeben was sent to deal with French forces north of Paris. After a first attempt to relieve Paris had been checked at the battle of Bapaume, the French were planning another relief effort.
Von Goeben marched his army north and met the irregular French army under General Louis Faidherbe near Saint Quentin. On 19 January the Prussians attacked and decisively defeated the French forces. The same day General Trochu attempted a breakout of Paris but it too was defeated. No other significant attempts would be made to lift the siege of Paris.