Storm of Kokenhusen

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Storm of Kokenhusen
Part of Second Northern War /
Russo-Swedish War (1656–1658)
A drawing of Kokenhusen and its fortress about 30 years prior to the storming.
Date 14 August 1656
Location Kokenhusen
Result Russian victory
Swedish Empire Tsardom of Russia
Commanders and leaders
unknown Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich
unknown 2500[1]
Casualties and losses
unknown 67 killed
430 wounded[2]

The Storm of Kokenhusen by the Russian Army under Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich was one of the first events of the Russo-Swedish War (1656–1658), a theater of the Second Northern War. On 14 August 1656 Russian troops stormed and captured the well-fortified town of Kokenhusen (Koknese) in Swedish Livonia (present-day Latvia)

According to the Tsar, this town “was very strong, had a deep moat, like a small brother of the Kremlin's moat, and its fortress is like a son of Smolensk's fortress”.

After capturing Kokenhusen, Russia gained control of the Daugava River and the way to Riga was opened.


  1. ^ Акты Московского государства, изданные Императорской Академией Наук. Под ред. Попова Н.А. Том II. Разрядный приказ. Московский стол. 1635-1659. СПб, 1894. С.532
  2. ^ Соловьёв С.М. Продолжение царствования Алексея Михайловича // История России с древнейших времен.