Battle of Werben

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Battle of Werben
Part of Thirty Years' War
DateAugust 1, 1631 (N.S.)
Result Swedish victory[1][2][3]
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden

 Holy Roman Empire

Commanders and leaders
Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden
Wolf Heinrich von Baudissin
Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly
16,000 soldiers 23,000 soldiers
Casualties and losses
Unknown, but much less 6,000 killed, wounded or dead from starvation[2]
(July 22 - August 6)[3]
Werben is located in Saxony-Anhalt
Location within Saxony-Anhalt
Werben is located in Germany
Werben (Germany)

The Battle of Werben was a battle of the Thirty Years' War, fought on July 22 (O.S.) or August 1, 1631 (N.S.),[4] between the Swedish Empire and the Holy Roman Empire. The Swedes had 16,000 soldiers and were led by Gustavus Adolphus, while the Imperialists had 23,000 soldiers and were led by Field-Marshal Count Tilly. Tilly's troops attacked Gustavus' entrenchments in front of Werben (Elbe), but Swedish batteries and the cavalry under Wolf Heinrich von Baudissin forced them to retreat. The attack was renewed a few days later with a similar result, and Tilly then drew off his forces, having suffered a loss of 6,000 men.[2]

Illustration of the Battle of Werben (detail)


  1. ^ Algirdas Ratnikas. "Timeline 1626-1660". Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  2. ^ a b c [1]
  3. ^ a b "Tillys och Gustaf Adolfs andra möte". Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  4. ^ Henrik O. Lunde: A Warrior Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of Sweden as a Military Superpower 1611-1721, 2014, p.109.


Coordinates: 52°52′00″N 11°58′00″E / 52.8667°N 11.9667°E / 52.8667; 11.9667