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Battle of Wittstock

Conflict: Thirty Years' War
Date: October 4, 1636
Place: Wittstock, about 95km northwest of Berlin, Germany
Outcome: Decisive Swedish victory
Combatants
Sweden Holy Roman Empire
Saxony
Commanders
Johan Banér
Lennart Torstenson,
James King,
Alexander Leslie
Melchior von Hatzfeldt

Rodolfo Giovanni Marazzino
John George I of Saxony The victory of Gustavus Adolphus at the Battle of Breitenfeld (1631) The Thirty Years War was a conflict fought between the years 1618 and 1648, principally in the Central European territory of the Holy Roman Empire, but also involving most of the major continental powers. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in Leap years). ... Events February 24 - King Christian of Denmark gives an order that all beggars that are able to work must be sent to Brinholmen Island to build ships or as galley rowers March 26 - Utrecht University founded in The Netherlands. ...   Berlin? (pronounced: , German ) is the capital of Germany and its largest city, with 3,426,000 inhabitants (as of January 2005); down from 4. ... This page is about the Germanic empire. ... With an area of 18,413 km² and a population of 4. ... Johan Banér (June 23, 1596 - May 10, 1641) was a Swedish soldier in the Thirty Years War. ... Count Lennart Torstenson (August 17, 1603 - April 7, 1651) was a Swedish soldier and the son of Torsten Lennartson, commandant of Älvsborg Fortress. ... Alexander Leslie, 1st Earl of Leven, Lord Balgonie, (appr. ... John George I (5 March 1585 - 8 October 1656), elector of Saxony, second son of the elector Christian I. He succeeded to the electorate in June 1611 on the death of his elder brother, Christian II. The geographical position of electoral Saxony hardly less than her high standing among the...

Strength
15,000 troops 20,000 troops
Casualties
3,100 dead or wounded 5,000 dead,

2,000 captured and recruited into the swedish army

Swedish intervention
Frankfort – Magdeburg – Werben – BreitenfeldRain – Fürth – Lützen – Oldendorf – Nördlingen

The Holy Roman Emperor in Vienna, with his Saxon and Catholic allies, was contesting Northern Germany with the Protestant princes, championed by the Swedes. Like boxers the two armies circled around each other for eleven days; the Swedish army like an aggressive, murderous lightweight which over and over again tries to take the advantage, while the heavyweight opponent over and over again is forced into small retreats. But on Saturday, the 24th of September 1636 Banér's army intercepted their opponents in the hilly landscape filled with forests slightly south of Wittstock. The Imperials decided to wait for the Swedes on a range of sandy hills, Scharfenberg; with a part of the front with six ditches swiftly dug to ensure victory and a wall of linked wagons. Their commanders waited for some time for the Swedish troops to appear on the open fields before their front, so that they could be destroyed by the artillery just as in the battle of Nördlingen. But instead the message arrived that the Swedish army against all expectations was attacking the left flank. The Imperials were forced to regroup their frontlines and set up a new front. The Battle of Wittstock had begun. During the Thirty Years War the city of Magdeburg was besieged by the Holy Roman Empires Imperial Army from November 1630 to 20 May 1631 in the Sack of Magdeburg. ... The Battle of Breitenfeld was the first major Protestant victory in the Thirty Years War. ... On April 5, 1632, Swedish troops under Gustavus Adolphus crossed the Lech river near the city Rain, Bavaria after a short battle against Tillys army during the Thirty Years War. ... The Battle of Lützen was one of the most decisive battles of the Thirty Years War. ... This article is about the first Battle of Nördlingen fought in 1634 in Germany as part of the Thirty Years War. ...


External link

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