Ice that sustained battles

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May 1573

Chronicler Russow writes, for example, that in 1573, people from Sweden could cross the sea on ice and travel to Tallinn, and that directly before Pentecost.

During the Livonian War, Russians crossed the ice on their raids to the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Olaus Magnus has written, that Swedes have held battles with cavalry and artillery on sea ice.

In 1573, the winter was so harsh that Tallinn's raid was still frozen in May. "And German seamen who wanted to come to Tallinn, anchored their ship near Pakri Islands and came to town on foot via land."

Source: Karl Kello, Väike märgiatlas

Pekka Erelt

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