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1636 - Trailer

The Battle of Wittstock

In the autumn of 1636 the Swedish army found itself in an almost hopeless military situation. Following a number of defeats and the desertion of most of their allies, the remaining Swedish forces had been pushed back into the northeastern region of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and were forced to fight a decisive battle.

In contemporary sources the events on the battlefield are described as being extremely bloody and horrifying. Many thousands of soldiers lost their lives. Despite starting the battle in an advantageous position, the alliance of imperial and Saxon troops was defeated. Following their victory the Swedish forces took an active role in the war once again and the conflict dragged on for another 12 years.