The battle of Kanavere

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11. May 1343

The Master of the Order stayed in Paide for a week, as rallying his army took some time: most of Order's forces had been near Pihkva. On May 11, however, the army went on the move, Estonians continuously attacked them with small units.

Majority of the Estonian army was near Kanavere bog (there is no such location known today, but Kanavere village is known), and tried to save themselves by hiding there. According to the chronicler, the bog was so small, that the Order managed to surround it, and continued to fight on foot. Germans apparently lost three members of the Order, four nobles and 14 peasants, Estonias up to 1600 men.

These numbers are likely exaggerated, but it is clear, that the Order won this battle. Estonians who surrendered, were allowed to relocate and settle in the areas near Paide, together with their families. Order's army, however, moved on, to defeat the main army of the Estonians.

Source: Sulev Vahtre. Jüriöö: [1343. aasta ülestõus]. Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 1980.

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