Battle of Sehested

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Battle of Sehested
Part of the War of the Sixth Coalition
Slaget ved Sehested.jpeg
Slaget ved Sehested by Jørgen V. Sonne
Date10 December 1813
Result Danish victory
Denmark Denmark–Norway Russia Russia
Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Commanders and leaders
Denmark Prince Frederik of Hesse Russia Ludwig von Wallmoden-Gimborn
9,000[1]–11,000 men[2] 10,000[2]–10,500 men[1]
Casualties and losses

50[3]–69 killed[2]
273[3]–319 wounded[2]
146 missing[2]

522 killed and wounded,
600 captured[2]
Memorial in Sehestedt

The Battle of Sehested was fought between Danish and Russian-Prussian-British troops at Sehested (in Holstein) on 10 December 1813 during the War of the Sixth Coalition.

The Danish Auxiliary Corps, which fought on the side of the French, was pushed back by the allies under Major General Ludwig von Wallmoden-Gimborn in early December 1813, but the Danes, commanded by Prince Frederik of Hesse, managed to secure their retreat by the victory in the Battle of Sehested.

However, the battle could not change the course of the war, which ended in Denmark’s defeat in 1814.

The Danish casualties were 469–534 men. The allies lost 1,122 men.[3][2]

Orders of Battle[edit]

Danish force[edit]

Avant Garde Brigade:

  • 2nd Battalion Schleswig Jaeger Corps
  • 1st & 2nd Battalions Holstein Sharpshooter Corps
  • 1st Battalion 3rd (Jutland) Infantry Regiment
  • Holstein Heavy Cavalry Regiment (4 squadrons)
  • 17th Polish Lancer Regiment (2 squadrons)
  • 6pdr Foot Battery von Gerstenberg (8 guns)

1st Brigade: General Graf Schulenburg

  • 1st & 4th Battalions Oldenburg Infantry Regiment
  • 3 Companies 2nd Battalion Oldernburg Infantry Regiment
  • 3rd & 4th Battalions Holstein Infantry Regiment
  • 2nd & 6th Squadrons Danish Hussar Regiment
  • 3pdr Foot Battery von Gonner (8 guns)
  • 6pdr Foot Battery Koye (8 guns)

2nd. Brigade General Lasson

  • 1st & 2nd Battalions Funen Infantry Regiment
  • 1st & 2nd Battalions Schleswig Infantry Regiment
  • Funen Light Dragoon Regiment (3 squadrons)
  • 6pdr Foot Battery Friis (10 guns)

Train Guard

  • 1st Battalion Queen's Infantry Regiment
  • 2 Companies 2nd Battalion Oldenburg Infantry Regiment
  • Funen Light Dragoon Regiment (1 squadron)

Total: 9,000 men[1]

Allied force[edit]

  • 1st Battalion Russo-German Legion (910)
  • 2nd Battalion Russo-German Legion (760)
  • 5th Battalion Russo-German Legion (834)
  • 6th Battalion Russo-German Legion (808)
  • 7th Battalion Russo-German Legion (643)
  • Hanoverian (German) Lauenburg Battalion (638)
  • Hanoverian (German) Langrehr Battalion (638)
  • Hanoverian (German) Bennigsen Battalion (638)
  • Anhalt-Dessau (German) Battalion (600)
  • KGL Light (British-German) Detachment (150)
  • Hanoverian (German) Jaeger Company (40)
  • Meckleburg (German) Foot Jaegers (375)
  • 1st Russo-German Hussar Regiment (487)
  • Bremen-Verden (German) Hussar Regiment (300)
  • Mecklenburg (German) Mounted Jagers (384)
  • 1st Russo-German Horse Battery (6 guns)
  • 2nd Russo-German Horse Battery (6 guns)
  • Hanoverian (German) Foot Battery (4 guns)
  • KGL (British-German) Horse Battery-one section (2 guns)
  • 3rd Battalion Russo-German Legion
  • 4th Battalion Russo-German Legion
  • Hanoverian (German) Feldjagerkorps von Kielmannsegge

Total: 10,500 men[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Allen, Colin. "Sehested, 10th December 1813" (PDF). 113ème Régiment d’Infanterie de Ligne. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Sune Wadskjær Nielsen. Det danske rytteri: De lette dragoners triumftog. Lindhardt og Ringhof, 2014. pp. 1–3
  3. ^ a b c Den store danske. Sehested (Den Store Danske Encyklopædi, Gyldendals Leksikon, 1-3 and Gyldendals Etbindsleksikon)
  • Smith, Digby. "The Greenhill Napoleonic Wars Databook". Greenhill Books, 1998

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°22′00″N 9°49′00″E / 54.3667°N 9.8167°E / 54.3667; 9.8167