Russian-Livonian War 1501-1502

In 1501, in a preventive campaign, Livonian Land Master Walter von Plettenberg, with a force of 4,000 knights and 2,000 Landsknechts, defeated a Russian force of 40,000 mem on the River Serica. On September 14th 1502, Walter von Plettenberg defeated another Russian force in the Battle of Lake Smolina. The Livonians numbered 7,000 knights and 5,000 landsknechts; the number of the invading forces, given at 130,000 (Holterhoff), seems exaggerated. An attempt by Walter von Plettenberg to take the Muscovite city of Pskov (in German : Pleskau) failed (1502).
Livonia was allied with Lithuania; see Russo-Lithuanian War 1500-1503.

Ein Fuhrer durch Stadt und Amt Plettenberg fur Einheimische und Fremde (1914), Holterhoff-Chronik, posted by Stadt Plettenberg, in German
Pskov - Kremlin and City, by John Sloan
Deutsche Ritter im Baltikum, from, in German
Article Ivan III. of Russia, from Wikipedia, from Veliki Novgorod, from Russian History
DOCUMENTS List of Grand Masters of the Livonian Order, from De Re Militari, in Spanish

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First posted on April 9th 2004, last revised on November 18th 2004

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