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Siege of Ochakov
Siege of Ochakov (1737).jpg
DateJuly 2, 1737
LocationOchakov, Ukraine
Result Russians capture fortress[1]
 Ottoman Empire  Russian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Hatibzade Yahya Pasha (POW)[2] Burkhard Christoph von Münnich[2]
20,000[2] 60,000[2][3]
Casualties and losses



The Siege of Ochakov (1737) was a siege in which the Russian army, led by Burkhard Christoph von Münnich, captured the Ottoman fortress of Ochakov. It took place in 1737 in the town of Ochakov.

The Siege

The first Russian attack was repelled with heavy losses, but as a result of Russian mortar fire on the houses within the fortress, fire broke out, and on the second day of the siege the powder magazine within the city blew up, killing an estimated 6,000 defenders. Thereafter the fortress capitulated, and in the ensuing slaughter, in spite of the white flag, all but 3,000 of the garrison were killed. The stench of decaying corpses was such that the Russians had to withdraw 15 miles from the fortress.


  1. David R. Stone, A Military History of Russia: From Ivan the Terrible to the War in Chechnya, (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006), 66.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Ottoman wars 1700-1870, Virginia H. Aksan, page 107
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Баиов А. К. Русская армия в царствование императрицы Анны Иоанновны. Война России с Турцией в 1736-1739 гг — С. 391.
  4. Memoirs of the affairs of Europe fromthe peace of Utrecht, John Earl I Russell, page 76, 1829


  • Ottoman wars 1700-1870, Virginia H. Aksan
  • Europe and the world, 1650–1830, Jeremy Black

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