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Battle Name : Poltava

Date(s) : 13 July 1709

Part of : Second or Great Northern War ,

Outcome : A victory for Russian Army over Swedish Army

Type of battle : Land


Charles Xll of Sweden ignored the advice of his generals to retreat before the army of Tsar Peter l [the Great]. Charles hoped that the superior experience of his troops and total surprise would enable his 19,000 to defeat the Tsar's 42,000.
Rather than attempt to defend Charles went on the attack. In spite of great courage the attack failed, Charles fled and the Swedish army was almost eliminated.


The city of Poltava, in the Ukraine. (Ukraine)

Casualty figures

Russian Army

Number engaged :

Casualties :
4,735 (11.27%)

Swedish Army

Number engaged :

Casualties :
9,661 (50.85%)