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Battle of Werben
Part of Thirty Years' War
Date July 22, 1631
Location Werben (Elbe), Margraviate of Brandenburg
Result Swedish victory.
Belligerents
 Sweden  Holy Roman Empire
Commanders
Gustavus Adolphus
Wolf Heinrich von Baudissin
Count Tilly
Strength
16,000 soldiers 23,000 soldiers
Casualties and losses
Unknown 6,000 soldiers

The Battle of Werben was a battle of the Thirty Years' War, fought on July 22, 1631, between the Swedish Empire and the Holy Roman Empire. The Swedes had 16,000 soldiers and were led by Gustavus Adolphus, while the Imperialists had 23,000 soldiers and were led by Field-Marshal Count Tilly. Tilly's troops attacked Gustavus' entrenchments in front of Werben (Elbe), but Swedish batteries and the cavalry under Wolf Heinrich von Baudissin forced them to retreat. The Imperial attack was renewed a few days later; this time, the Swedish forces suffered a defeat and a loss of 6,000 soldiers.

Illustration of the Battle of Werben (detail)

References

  • George Bruce. Harbottle's Dictionary of Battles. (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981) (ISBN 0-442-22336-6).

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