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Battle of Lintulaks
Part of the Finnish War
Date3 July 1808
LocationLintulaks, Finland
Result Russian victory
Belligerents
Sweden Russian Empire Russian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Otto von Fieandt Russian Empire Jegor Vlastov
Strength
600
2 guns[1]
1,400
4 guns[1]
Casualties and losses
141 killed, wounded or captured[1] 143 killed, wounded or captured[1]


The Battle of Lintulaks was fought between Swedish and Russian forces at Lintulaks in Finland on 3 July 1808 during the Finnish War.

Background

After having captured a Russian transport and 100 men at Perho, on 8 June,[2] the Swedish Major Otto von Fieandt was sent to Lintulaks, west of Kuopio, with about 600 men to observe the two-way intersection leading to Kokkola respectively Vaasa, to protect the vital Swedish supply lines; Johan August Sandels had been forced to abandon the town shortly after the Battle of Kuopio, before Barclay de Tolly's army in Savonia.[1]

Swedish forces

In total: 600 men and 2 light guns[1]

Battle

On 3 July Fieandt was attacked by 1,400 men under Jegor Vlastov (sent by de Tolly); he received the attack in a fully stretched-out battle line, with no reserve, while Vlastov left one battalion and all his cavalry as reserve. At 2:00 PM it started raining and as the battle slowly started to die out, Fieandt commenced an all out bayonet attack. The first Russian lines withdrew before the Swedish onslaught but were soon caught by the reserve, which threw the Swedes back and forced them to retreat towards Perho. A Swedish detachment managed to halt the Russians by some stream, which saved them from a total disaster. The Swedes had lost 141 men in the fighting, of which 24 killed, while the Russians had lost 143, including 19 captured.[1]

Aftermath

As the Swedish field-marshal, Wilhelm Mauritz Klingspor, received news of the defeat, he immediately dispatched two battalions from the Åbo and Nyland Infantry Regiments to Fieandt, along with 2 guns and 20 dragoons — increasing his force to 1,200 men — to stop the Russians from going north, towards Kokkola, which would cut off the Swedish lines of operation. Fieandt took a renewed position behind kokonsaari mosse, 4 km northwest of Perho Church. The Russians had likewise received reinforcements and counted at least 3,100 men under Generalmajor Jankovitj; he advanced on the Swedes and the two sides met once again at the Battle of Kokonsaari, on 11 July.[1]

Notes, citations and sources

Notes

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Hornborg 1955, pp. 118–120.
  2. Hornborg 1955, p. 98.

Sources

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