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|Battle of Elba
Principia Moderni IV
|Part of War of Neapolitan Succession|
| Duchy of Burgundy|| Duchy of Milan
|Commanders and leaders|
|John de Luxembourg||Tomaso di Campofregoso|
|/ 300 ships|| 336 ships
|Casualties and losses|
|66 ships destroyed||555 ships destroyed or captured|
The Battle of Elba was a massive naval engagement in May 1438 during the War of Neapolitan Succession. Involving a total of around 1,136 ships, it sits as the largest naval battle in history, and marked the high point in the fortunes of the French alliance.
While Burgundian ground troops remained uncommitted during the Neapolitan Succession War, a detachment of its navy under the command of renowned admiral John de Luxembourg was sent to the Mediterranean to support the French and Castillian armies from the sea.
After linking up with a detachment from the Castillian Navy, it was decided to move south to north from the "toe" of Naples towards the Franco-Milanese border, intending to clear the coast of enemy warships and merchant ships before blockading important ports and cities such as Genoa and Nice.
The navies of Milan and Genoa, aware of the allied fleet's movement, had gathered to oppose that force. Once assembled, the 836 strong fleet departed and moved south.