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The Beskrovni map of the Poltava Battle - Note that Charles was besieging the Poltava village which was stoutly defenced behind decent fortifications. Peter brought the Russian army into camp well behind the town and across the Vorskla River. Then he marched north and crossed the river to outflank Charles. But Peter then built fortifications for entrenchedes camp at 1 and 2 plus built several small forts blocking the paths in front. Charles, who had been wouuded and was carried in a liter shifted the majority of his troops north but many became confused in the woods and others held up by the forts. Finally he deployed his small force and launched a frontal assault on the Russians who outnumbered him. See Englund book reviewed here.


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