Battle of Khotyn (1673)

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Battle of Khotyn
Part of the Polish–Ottoman War (1672–76)
Huchtenburg Battle of Khotyn in 1673.jpg
Battle of Khotyn in 1673, Jan van Huchtenburg
Date11 November 1673
Location48°29′N 26°30′E / 48.483°N 26.500°E / 48.483; 26.500Coordinates: 48°29′N 26°30′E / 48.483°N 26.500°E / 48.483; 26.500
Result Polish-Lithuanian victory
 Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
John Sobieski
Michał Radziwiłł
Grigore Ghica
Hüseyin Pasha
29,000–30,000[1] 35,000[2]
Casualties and losses
2,000 killed and wounded[3] 20,000 killed and wounded[3]
John Sobieski in battle of Khotyn 1673

The Battle of Khotyn or Battle of Chocim or Hotin War[4] was a battle on 11 November 1673, where the forces of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth under hetman John Sobieski defeated Ottoman Empire forces led by Hussain Pasha. It reversed the fortunes of the previous year, when Commonwealth weakness led to the signing of the Treaty of Buchach, and allowed John Sobieski to win the upcoming royal election and become the king of Poland.

Polish-Lithuanian forces and Wallachian regiments were 30 thousand strong. The Turks commanded 35 thousand troops and 120 guns. In this battle rockets of Kazimierz Siemienowicz were deployed successfully. The victory allowed the Commonwealth to revoke the unfavourable Peace of Buchach and set the stage for the role Sobieski was to play in the Battle of Vienna in 1683.


Khotyn (Polish: Chocim; Romanian: Hotin; Turkish: Hotin; Ukrainian: Хоти́н, romanizedKhotyn) was conquered and controlled by many states, resulting in many name changes. Other name variations include Chotyn, or Choczim (especially in Polish).


The Turkish forces withdrew from Poland after their supplies and most of their artillery were captured. Sobieski and the nobles returned to Warsaw for elections following the death of Michael Wisniowiecki, King of Poland, the day before the battle.


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  • Winged Hussars, Radoslaw Sikora, Bartosz Musialowicz, BUM Magazine, 2016.


  1. ^ Marek Wagner, Wojna polsko-turecka w latach 1672-1676 t.1, Infort Editions, Zabrze 2009, p 376, ISBN 978-83-89943-34-7
  2. ^ Marek Wagner, Wojna polsko-turecka w latach 1672-1676 t.1, Infort Editions, Zabrze 2009, p 374, ISBN 978-83-89943-34-7
  3. ^ a b Marek Wagner, Wojna polsko-turecka w latach 1672-1676 t.1, Infort Editions, Zabrze 2009, p 392, ISBN 978-83-89943-34-7
  4. ^ DeVries, Kelly Robert (1 May 2014). "The European tributary states of the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries". Choice. 51 (09): 51–5179. doi:10.5860/CHOICE.51-5179. ISSN 0009-4978.