Battle of Aslanduz

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Battle of Aslanduz
Part of the Russo-Persian War (1804–1813)
Асландузская битва.jpg
Date 31 October 1812
Location Aslanduz, North Bank of the Aras River (South Caucasus)
Result Russian victory
Russia Russian Empire Flag of Agha Mohammad Khan.svg Persian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Pyotr Kotlyarevsky Abbas Mirza
2,221 soldiers (including 500 Cossacks
6 cannons
10,000 infantry
20,000 irregular cavalry
12 cannons
according to the British: 14[1]
Casualties and losses
127 soldiers 2,000 soldiers
12 cannons[2]
6 standards

The Battle of Aslanduz took place on 19–20 October 1812 between Russia and Persia. The Persian Fath Ali Shah had his large army stationed in Aslanduz led by the heir to the throne, Abbas Mirza. The Russian squad, headed by the charismatic Major General Pyotr Kotlyarevsky, using the element of surprise night attack, routed the Persians who were still at sleep and quickly moved on to storm Lankaran victoriously in the beginning of 1813, thus ending any Persian hopes of continuing the war or settling on even peace terms for both parties.


  1. ^ Monteith, William (1865). Kars and Erzeroum. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. pp. 93–95. 
  2. ^ Denis Wright, The English Amongst the Persians: Imperial Lives in Nineteenth-Century Iran, (I.B.Tauris, 2001), 53.