Battle of Kcynia
|Battle of Kcynia|
|Part of Second Northern War / The Deluge|
|Swedish Empire||Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Charles X Gustav||Stefan Czarniecki|
|Casualties and losses|
The Battle of Kcynia took place on June 1, 1656, and was one of battles of the Swedish invasion of Poland. It resulted in a victory of Swedish forces, commanded by King Charles X Gustav and Adolph John I, Count Palatine of Kleeburg.
In the spring of 1656, Hetman Stefan Czarniecki carried out a raid in Swedish-occupied Greater Poland, in which he supported Polish guerilla forces. On May 20, he left Uniejow, and headed northwards, to Royal Prussia, where his division joined local pospolite ruszenie, commanded by Voivode of Malbork Voivodeship, Jakub Weyher. Polish forces camped near Kcynia, feeling safe among the waters of the Notec river. Meanwhile, Count Adolph John entered Bydgoszcz (May 26).
Czarniecki’s raid into Royal Prussia alarmed King Charles X Gustav, who at that time commanded the Siege of Danzig. Charles Gustav decided to act quickly, and in late May, he abandoned the siege, and together with his army marched southwards, reaching Bydgoszcz on May 31, to meet Adolph John.
On June 1, after crossing the Notec near Rynarzewo, Swedes attacked Czarniecki’s camp, completely surprising Poles, whose units were scattered in the area. After an initial skirmish, the Poles began to flee, while Swedish soldiers advanced into the camp. Swedish victory was complete, the camp was destroyed, and several Polish officers were captured, including royal envoy, Jan Dominik Dzialynski.
After the defeat, Czarniecki cancelled his Prussian plans, and following royal orders, marched to Warsaw.