Battle of Sokolki

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Battle of Sokolka
Part of the Great Northern War
Date April 12, 1709 (O.S.)
April 13, 1709 (Swedish calendar)
April 23, 1709 (N.S.)[1]
Location Sokolka ru:Левобережная_Соколка_(Кобелякский_район) at the Vorskla River, Ukraine
Result Swedish strategic failure, main part of the Russian force managed to escape
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg Swedish Empire Russia Tsardom of Russia
Commanders and leaders
Carl Gustaf Kruse Karl Evald von Rönne
3,000 Swedish[1]
3,000 cossacks
7,000 men[1]
Casualties and losses
290 1,400[1]

The Battle of Sokolka took place on April 23, 1709 near the town of Poltava, Ukraine during the ninth year of the Great Northern War. The Swedish army of close to 3,000 cavalry under the command of Carl Gustaf Kruse defeated a Russian force of about 7,000 men under Karl Evald von Rönne. The battle was one of the encounters shortly before the decisive battle of Poltava which would seriously cripple the Swedish chances of victory in the war.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Harold Oscar Prytz (1867). Historiska upplysningar om Svenska och Norska arméernas regementer och kårer jemte flottorna under ledning. pp. 326.


  • Peter From, Katastrofen vid Poltava (2007), Lund, Historiska media.