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Battle of Narva
Part of the Great Northern War
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Peter the Great leads the Russian troops capturing Narva in 1704
Date 9 August 1704
Location Narva
Result Russian victory
Belligerents
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg Sweden Flag of Russia.svg Russia
Strength
3,800 infantry and 1,300 cavalry 45,000[citation needed]
Casualties and losses
3200 dead or wounded 1900 captured 13,000 dead or seriously wounded[citation needed]
For other Battles of Narva, see Battle of Narva (disambiguation).

The Battle of Narva was the second Russian siege of Swedish Narva during the Great Northern War, resulting in the capture of the town by Russia on 9 August 1704 and the subsequent massacre of all Swedish inhabitants.[1]

Four years after the first battle of Narva, Tsar Peter marched again in an attempt to capture Narva. Peter marched with 45,000 men. The garrison of Narva was under the Commandant Major-General Henning Rudolf Horn af Ranzien and consisted of 3,800 infantry and 1,300 cavalry. The Russians made a three-fronted attack and after a long battle they took Narva. General Horn, several officers and a large number of Swedish soldiers were captured, with about 3,200 casualties. The Russians, though successful, also suffered heavy losses — 13,000 men during the siege and final attack.

Also in August, Peter I signed the Treaty of Narva in the town.

Memorial in Narva

References

  1. ^ Dupuy, Richard Ernest; Dupuy, Trevor Nevitt (1986). The encyclopedia of military history from 3500 B.C. to the present (2 ed.). Harper & Row. ISBN 0061812358. 
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