Battle of Stresow
|Battle of Stresow|
|Part of the Great Northern War|
The landing on Rügen and the plan of the attack.
|Swedish Empire|| Kingdom of Prussia
Electorate of Saxony
|Commanders and leaders|
|Charles XII of Sweden||Leopold of Anhalt-Dessau|
8 artillery pieces
26 artillery pieces
|Casualties and losses|
The successful Landing on Groß Stresow by Prussian, Danish and Saxon troops took place on 15 November 1715 on the island of Rügen, Germany during the Great Northern War. The landing was followed with cavalry assaults from the Swedish defences on the island, commanded by Charles XII king of Sweden who despite the huge numerical disadvantage of - one up against five - chose to attack the fortified camp. The Swedes managed to get past the "Cheval de frise" and break through, but was then rapidly repulsed and routed after taking heavy casualties.
The battle had lasted for almost an hour, and Charles whom got his horse shot dead under him during the fight, later said: "Is there no god beside me?". The attack was supposed to work like a needle-maneuver "concentrate the full attack at one point, break through and then destroy the defences from the inside" used by the Swedes fifteen years earlier in the battle of Narva, where they were greatly successful and victorious.
About five hundred Swedes were either dead or wounded along with all their artillery captured. The allied casualties were: ninety-three Danes, thirty-six Saxons and forty-nine Prussians dead or wounded. This was however, probably the first notable Swedish field-battle defeat led directly by Charles XII. With the landing secured the alliance continued fighting of the last remaining Swedes on the island of Rügen and later joined up with the troops laying siege to Stralsund.
- Nils Krister von Baumgarten who gave his horse to Charles XII who had suffered a bullet wound to his chest which allowed the Swedish king to get away after his previous horse got shot and killed. Baumgarten was later appointed Colonel of "Adelsfanan" by Charles.
- Curt Jany: Geschichte der Preußischen Armee - Vom 15. Jahrhundert bis 1914, Bd. 1, Biblio Verlag, P 640.
- Larsson, Olle (ed) (2009). Stormaktens sista krig (in Swedish). Historiska Media. p. 270. ISBN 978-91-85873-59-3.
- Nils Krister von Baumgarten