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Battle of Erastfer
Part of the Great Northern War
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Date29 December 1701 (O.S.)
30 December 1701 (Swedish calendar)
9 January 1702 (N.S.)
LocationErastfer, Swedish Livonia
(present-day Erastvere, Estonia)

57°58′N 26°47′E / 57.967°N 26.783°E / 57.967; 26.783Coordinates: 57°58′N 26°47′E / 57.967°N 26.783°E / 57.967; 26.783
Result Russian victory
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg Swedish Empire Flag of Russia.svg Tsardom of Russia
Commanders and leaders
Wolmar Anton von Schlippenbach Boris Sheremetev
2,200 men[1]
6 artillery pieces[1]
18,800 men[2]
20 artillery pieces[2]
Casualties and losses
600[3] 1,000[2]

The battle of Erastfer (also Battle of Errestfer, Battle of Erastvere) took place on 29 December 1701 (O.S.) / 30 December 1701 (Swedish calendar) / 9 January / 1702 (N.S.) near Erastfer in eastern Swedish Livonia (present-day Erastvere in Estonia) between a Russian force of 18,800 men led by general Boris Sheremetev and a Swedish force of around 2,200 under the command of Wolmar Anton von Schlippenbach. The Swedes were defeated, with a loss of 600 men, 150–370 of them captured with all their artillery pieces lost.[2][3] The Russians sustained about 1,000 killed.[2] It was the first significant Russian victory in the Great Northern War. The Swedish commander Schlippenbach managed to escape from the battlefield with about 1,600 remaining Swedish soldiers.[3][4]


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