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Battle of Philippopolis
Part of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878
DateJanuary 17, 1878
LocationFilibe Sanjak, Edirne Province, Ottoman Empire
(now Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
Result Russian victory
 Russian Empire  Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Joseph Gourko Suleiman Pasha
12,000 6,000
Casualties and losses
1,300 killed and wounded 3,000 killed and wounded

The Battle of Philippopolis[1][2] or Battle of Plovdiv[3] was one of the final battles of the 1877-1878 Russo-Turkish War. Following the crushing Russian victory at the last battle of Shipka Pass, Russian commander Gen. Joseph Vladimirovich Gourko began to move southeast towards Constantinople. Blocking the route was the Ottoman fortress at Plovdiv under Suleiman Pasha. On January 17, 1878, a squadron of Russian dragoons led by Capt. Burago stormed the city. Its defenses were strong but superior Russian numbers overwhelmed them and the Ottoman forces retreated almost to Constantinople. At this time foreign powers intervened and Russia agreed to the Treaty of San Stefano.


  1. F. V. Greene, The Russian Army and Its Campaigns in Turkey in 1877-1878, Read Books, 2008, p. 359.
  2. Norman Tobias, The International Military Encyclopedia, Academic International Press, 2004, p. 19.
  3. Stanley Sandler, Ground Warfare: An International Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, 2002, p. 690.
  • Compton's Home Library: Battles of the World CD-ROM

Coordinates: 42°9′N 24°45′E / 42.15°N 24.75°E / 42.15; 24.75

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