Battle of Nikopol

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Battle of Nikopol
Part of the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878)
Nikopol dmitriev.jpg
Ottoman capitulation at Nikopol, Nikolai Dmitriev-Orenburgsky, 1883
Date 16 July 1877
Location Niğbolu District, Rusçuk Sanjak, Tuna Province, Ottoman Empire
(today Nikopol, Bulgaria)

43°42′N 24°53′E / 43.700°N 24.883°E / 43.700; 24.883Coordinates: 43°42′N 24°53′E / 43.700°N 24.883°E / 43.700; 24.883
Result Russian victory
Belligerents
 Russian Empire  Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
General Nikolai Kridener Unknown
Strength
Russian IX Corps(20,000) 7,000
Casualties and losses
276 killed

84 missing

949 wounded[1]
7,000 prisoners[1]

The Battle of Nikopol, or Nicopolis, was one of the early battles of the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878). As the Russian army crossed the Danube River, they approached the fortified city of Nikopol (Nicopolis). The Turkish high command sent Osman Pasha with the troops from Vidin to oppose the Russians' crossing of the Danube. Osman's intentions were to reinforce and defend Nikopol. However, the Russian IX Corps under General Nikolai Kridener reached the city and bombarded the garrison into submission before Osman could arrive. He instead fell back to Plevna. With the Nikopol garrison eliminated, the Russians were free to march on to Plevna.

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  1. ^ a b The Russian Army and Its Campaigns in Turkey in 1877-1878, F. V. Greene, page 188

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