In early spring of 1798 the french "armée d'Helvétie" under the command of general Brune is ready to bring the Swiss Cantons to heel, first of all the city state of Berne. While there are still negotiations going on the diplomatic level, the french army is steadily reinforcing their positions.
In the morning of the 1st of March First Lieutenant Etienne Moulin-Rouge gets the order to capture and occupy the farm of Adalbert Bonstetten, a wealthy bernese farmer. There are two objectives related to this action: First the farm shall be cleared of all bernese troops and then the farm shall provide provisions for the french army.
|the farm of Adalbert Bonstetten|