Battle of Saint Gotthard (1705)

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For the battle in the Ottoman-Habsburg Wars see Battle of Saint Gotthard (1664)
Battle of Saint Gotthard (1705)
Part of the Rákóczi's War for Independence
Date December 13, 1705
Location near Szentgotthárd and Nagyfalu (Mogersdorf), the Austro-Hungarian border
Result Kuruc victory
Belligerents
Hungary Habsburg Monarchy
Croatia
Voivodian Serbs
Commanders and leaders
János Bottyán (Bottyán the Blind)
Imre Bezerédj brigader
Hannibal Heister

Battle of Saint Gotthard was fought on December 13, 1705 between an Hungarian (Kuruc) army led by János Bottyán and an Austrian-Croatian-Serbian combined army under the command of Hannibal von Heister. The battle took place at Szentgotthárd (West-Hungary, County Vas) and Nagyfalva (Mogersdorf) (heden Austria), near the Austro-Hungarian border. The result of the battle was a Hungarian victory.

On November 2, 1705, János Bottyán actuated the Hungarian campaign in the Dunántúl. Before that he had only 8,000 soldiers at Kecskemét however later this number increased to 30,000 men.

On December 10 Kőszeg capitulated and Bottyán moved to Szentgotthárd, where Heister was. The Kuruc Army between Mogersdorf and Szentgotthárd attacked the Austrians (the Habsburg troops was also consisted of several Croatian and Serbian corps).

After the battle Heister headed for Stadtschlaining (Szalonak) and the Dunántúl was freed.

References[edit]

  • Szentgotthárd, monography, Szombathely 1981. ISBN 963-03-1192-5
  • Hundred Hungarian village Book-House (Száz magyar falu könyvesháza) Mária Kozár - Ferenc Gyurácz: Felsőszölnök, Száz magyar falu könyvesháza Kht. ISBN 963-9287-20-2
  • Ágnes R. Várkonyi: Age of Reform's (Megújulások kora), Magyar Könyvklub, Budapest 2001. ISBN 963-548-471-2
  • Former countys and towns in Hungary (Magyarország vármegyéi, városai, the monography of Hungary) Vasvármegye, Budapest „Apollo” Irodalmi és Nyomdai Részvénytársaság 1898.