Battle of Magierów

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Battle of Magierow
Part of Second Northern War / The Deluge
Date July 11, 1657
Location Magierow near Lwow, Poland
Result Polish victory
Belligerents
Coat of arms of Transylvania.svgPrincipality of Transylvania
Herb Viyska Zaporozkogo (Alex K).svg Zaporozhian Cossacks
Herb Rzeczypospolitej Obojga Narodow.svg Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Gerae-tamga.svg Crimean Khanate
Commanders and leaders
Coat of arms of Transylvania.svg George II Rakoczi Herb Rzeczypospolitej Obojga Narodow.svg Stefan Czarniecki
Strength
unknown 10,000
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown

The Battle of Magierow took place on July 11, 1657, during the period in Polish history known as the Deluge (history). Polish army commanded by Stefan Czarniecki, and supported by Crimean Tatars, defeated a Transilvanian-Cossack-Moldavian-Wallachian army of George II Rakoczi.

Background[edit]

In late January 1657, following the Treaty of Radnot, southern provinces of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth were invaded by the Principality of Transylvania, whose army was commanded by George II Rakoczi. In mid-February near Medyka, the 25,000 Transilvanians joined 10,000 Zaporozhian Cossacks under Anton Zdanowicz. By March 1657, Rakoczi reached Swedish-occupied Krakow, in April, he met Swedish King Charles X Gustav, in May, he captured Brzesc nad Bugiem, and by late June, he was in Warsaw. Rakoczi’s campaign was marked by widespread looting, murder and destruction.

In June 1657, the Dano-Swedish War (1657–58) broke out, which forced Charles Gustav to move most of his army to Denmark. Under the circumstances, the Rakoczi decided to march southwards, and leave the Commonwealth as soon as possible. Polish King Jan Kazimierz Waza was well aware of it, and decided to prevent the Transilvanians, Moldovans, Wallachians and Cossacks from escaping Poland. Jan Kazimierz called Stefan Czarniecki to come with his division to Czestochowa, where he was joined by Austrian cavalry, Lithuanians of Aleksander Hilary Polubinski, and a unit of Crimean Tatars. On July 7, Czarniecki’s division reached Lancut, where a council of Polish hetmans took place. Czarniecki then followed Rakoczi, while Jerzy Sebastian Lubomirski and Stanislaw "Rewera" Potocki sealed the Polish - Transilvanian border.

The Battle[edit]

After the meeting, Czarniecki with an army of 10,000 followed Rakoczi, attacking his troops in a guerilla style-war, typical of the Polish hetman. On July 11, Czarniecki attacked the Transilvanians, near the village of Magierow, north of Lwow. After a Polish attack, the Transilvanians retreated towards Zolkiew, leaving behind some 2,000 wagons with goods looted in Poland. Soon afterwards, Poles ambushed the enemy in the swampy waterbed of the Peltew river. Hundreds of Hungarians drowned, and the survivors continued their retreat southwards.

Sources[edit]

  • Nagielski, Miroslaw (1990). Historyczne bitwy: Warszawa 1656 (in Polish). Bellona. ISBN 83-11-07786-X. 
  • Podhorodecki, Leszek (1985). Rapier i koncerz: Z dziejów wojen polsko-szwedzkich (in Polish). Ksiazka i Wiedza. ISBN 9788305114523.