On 24 June Prince Albert of Saxony had been placed in overall command of Austro-Saxon forces along the Iser river. Albert's troops joined up with Eduard Clam-Gallas' I Corps near Münchengrätz. On 26 June, Albert suggested that they occupy Turnau to the north to cover their flank. Clam-Gallas disagreed and nothing was done until the afternoon, when Albert received word of the Prussian occupation of Turnau at the same time as an order arrived from Ludwig von Benedek, the commander of the Austrian Army of the North, to hold Turnau and Münchengrätz at all costs. The Allies decided to recapture Turnau and seize the hills west of the Iser beyond Podol. The bridges at Turnau and Podol would permit the Prussians to turn the Allied northern flank.