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Storm of Kokenhusen
Part of Second Northern War /
Russo-Swedish War (1656–1658)
Koknese1625.jpg
A drawing of Kokenhusen and its fortress about 30 years prior to the storming.
Date14 August 1656
LocationKokenhusen
Result Russian victory
Belligerents
Swedish Empire Tsardom of Russia
Commanders and leaders
Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich
Strength
300[1] 2500[2]
Casualties and losses
300[1] 67 killed
430 wounded[3]



The Storm of Kokenhusen by the Russian Army under Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich was one of the first events of the Russo-Swedish War (1656–1658), a theater of the Second Northern War. On 14 August 1656 Russian troops stormed and captured the well-fortified town of Kokenhusen (Koknese) in Swedish Livonia (present-day Latvia)

According to the Tsar, this town “was very strong, had a deep moat, like a small brother of the Kremlin's moat, and its fortress is like a son of Smolensk's fortress”. Tsar also gave city new name — Russian: Царевич-Дмитриев. This new name didn't last since in 1681 city was returned to Swedish Livonia.[4]

After capturing Kokenhusen, Russia gained control of the Daugava River and the way to Riga was opened.

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