What was the Battle of Chemnitz (1639)?

Introduction

The Battle of Chemnitz (14 April 1639) took place near the town of Chemnitz, in what is now eastern Germany, during the Thirty Years’ War.

Swedish forces under Johan Banér inflicted a crushing defeat on Rodolfo Giovanni Marazzino who commanded the Saxons and an Imperial detachment.

The Battle

The battle was a confused engagement in broken country north of Chemnitz. After a forced march to the area,[citation needed] the Swedish forces were able to rout a large portion of the opposing forces, capturing their baggage train, and taking 1,500 prisoners.

Aftermath and Legacy

Following the battle, the Swedes occupied Pirna and advanced into Bohemia.

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