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Valmy(välmē`), village (1993 est. pop. 293), Marne dept., NE France, in the Argonne region. The "cannonade of Valmy," a Franco-Prussian artillery skirmish, was fought near there on Sept. 20, 1792. This was the first important engagement in the French Revolutionary WarsFrench Revolutionary Wars,
wars occurring in the era of the French Revolution and the beginning of the Napoleonic era, the decade of 1792–1802. The wars began as an effort to defend the Revolution and developed into wars of conquest under the empire.
..... Click the link for more information. . Although heavy rain brought an inconclusive halt, the encounter revealed the superiority of French artillery.
a village in France (Marne department), near which, on Sept. 20, 1792, the troops of revolutionary France (58,000 men, of whom most were young volunteers) under the command of General C. Dumouriez and General F. Kellermann achieved their first victory over the troops of the Austro-Prussian interventionists and French émigré nobility (40,000 men), headed by the Duke of Brunswick. At Valmy the French troops blocked the interventionists’ way to Paris, successfully repelled their attack, and forced the enemy to retreat. By Oct. 5, 1792, the interventionists had been driven beyond the borders of France.