Battle of Lode

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Battle of Lode
Part of Livonian War
Date23 January 1573
Koluvere, near Lode in Estonia
Result Decisive Swedish victory
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg Sweden Flag of Russia.svg Tsardom of Russia
Commanders and leaders
Clas Åkesson Tott Simeon Bekbulatovich
1,300 men 16,000 men (Swedish claim)
Casualties and losses
light 5,000–7,000 (Swedish claim)[dubious ]

Battle of Lode was a battle fought during the Livonian War, between Sweden and Russia on 23 January 1573. The battle was won by the Swedes.


On 23 January a Swedish army of 700 infantry and 600 cavalry under the command of Clas Åkesson Tott clashed with a Russian army under the command of Simeon Bekbulatovich, by the village of Koluvere, just outside Lode. Tott gave orders to his cavalry to engage the Russians. Despite being heavily outnumbered, they managed to tear up the enemy formations and break in, but were later forced to retreat due to the enemies numerical superiority. Tott, however, used this opportunity to strike with his infantry and cavalry once more and after a while the whole Russian force was scattered, and fled. The Swedish cavalry persecuted and cut down many Russians during their rout.

According to the Swedish source,[1] the Russian force numbered 16,000 and lost about 7,000 men during the battle, a number which, most likely, is exaggerated – nonetheless, the losses suffered were probably heavy. The Swedish casualties, however, were light. Tott returned to Reval with all his artillery, hundreds of horses and a large number of sleds abandoned by the Russians during their rout. The Russian Czar, Ivan IV, later began peace negotiations and sent a letter to Johan III king of Sweden. But due to previous negotiations, the Swedish King doubted the Russian desire to make peace.


  1. ^ Balthasar Russow, Chronica der Provintz Lyfflandt


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