- Battle of Vedrosha
Infobox Military Conflict
July 14, 1500
place=Vedrosha River, 50 km west of
result=Decisive Russian victory
Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Poland
Grand Duchy of Moscow
Battle of Vedrosha was one of the greatest
battles in the medieval history of Russia. It was fought as part of the Russo-Lithuanian Warson July 14, 1500, some 50 km to the west of Kaluga, between joint forces of the Grand Duchy of Lithuaniaand Kingdom of Poland under command of Prince Konstantin Ostrozhsky and the Russian army under Prince Daniil Shchenya.
The outstanding Russian commander employed similar tactics that proved successful for the Russian army in the
Battle of Kulikovo. Vedrosha was a crushing victory for the Russians. Some 8,000 Lithuanians were killed, and many more were taken prisoner, including Prince Ostrozhsky, the first ever Grand Hetman of Lithuania, himself.
The battle led to the
peace treatyof 1503, which saw huge territories (about one third of the Grand Duchy) incorporated into the nascent Russian state. Upon his release, Prince Ostroghsky made several attempts to retaliate, but his brilliant victory at Orsha ( 1514) didn't entail any political consequences.
* The battle was described by
Sigismund von Herbersteinin his " Rerum Moscoviticarum Commentarii" ( 1549). Herberstein acidly commented that "in one battle and in one year the Grand Duke of Moscow achieved what Grand Duke Vytautashad spent all his life in achieving".
* [http://www.pobeda.ru/content/view/2360 Data on strength and losses (Russian)]
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