Friedland 1807 – March 2024


The Battle of Friedland was a significant engagement that took place on June 14, 1807, during the Napoleonic Wars. It was fought between the French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Russian army led by General Levin August, Count von Bennigsen.

The battle occurred near the town of Friedland in East Prussia (modern-day Pravdinsk, Russia). Napoleon, after a series of maneuvers, managed to isolate and engage the Russian army, which was positioned on the east bank of the Alle River. The French forces launched a fierce assault on the Russians, who put up a valiant defense but were ultimately overwhelmed.

The battle ended in a decisive victory for the French. The Russian army suffered heavy casualties, and Bennigsen was forced to retreat across the river. The following day, Napoleon pursued the retreating Russians, leading to the signing of the Treaty of Tilsit on July 7, 1807, which effectively ended the war between France and Russia.

The Battle of Friedland solidified Napoleon’s reputation as a military genius and further established French dominance in Europe during the Napoleonic era.