Arrival of the Swedish troops near Narva

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19. November 1700

At night towards 19 November the Swedes arrived to Laagna manor (on photo) at the distance of ten kilometres from Narva. Regardless of the downpour they were already at night ambushing.

At six in the morning the religious service was held and still in the dark 10 537 men with 37 cannons lead by Karl XII started towards Narva. The battle was lost to the Russian already on the same day. The decision of the Swedes was a surprise for the Russian commanders, as this ignored the then regular military art rules.

The Russian army stayed in this situation between the Swedish troops and city of Narva, Hermann fortification and River Narva. De Croy could allocate 24 200 footmen and artillerymen on the defence line of the Russians, also 6000-men horse cavalry of Šeremetjev was at the disposal of the Russian commanders.

4000 men had to be left to the defence ditches to Narva to avert the possible sallies. The Russian troops were divided on the defence line into three big groups: the most important part of it was the fortified camp established by Prince Trubetskoi in the eastern part of Hermamäe, secured by the right wing of Fjodor Golovin by Vepsaküla and the left wing under commando of Adam Weide.

Eesti ajalugu. IV, Põhjasõjast pärisorjuse kaotamiseni. Tartu: Ilmamaa. 2003
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006.

Photo: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/et/0/0b/Laagnam6is.JPG


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