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Today - Day of Russia's military glory

August 9 2007

In accordance with Federal Law of 03.13 1995 № 32-FZ "On the days of military glory (victorious days) of Russia August 9 - Day of Russia's military glory, the day of the first in Russian history, naval victory of the Russian fleet under the command of Peter the Great over the Swedes at the Cape in Gangut 1714.

The battle began about two o'clock in the afternoon and lasted over two hours. The offensive was carried out from the wings. Russian, one after another seized the Swedish galley, then the "Elephant" to lower the flag.

The battle was extremely tenacious. At the stage of rapprochement on both sides waged an intense artillery firing. After the shooting of the ship's guns in the case went handguns, and then began boarding.

In marching journal of Peter the Great of the battle left the following entry: "Truly you can not describe the courage of our people, both primary and privates ponezhe abordirovanie chineno so severely that several guns from the enemy soldiers are not kernels and grape-shot, but the spirit of the powder from the guns are broken" .

The Swedes lost only killed 361 people. On the shore near the site of the battle were buried 127 Russians who died in battle in Rilaks Fjord.

In this battle, Peter was able to establish superiority in forces on the main line, concentrating against the flagship of the enemy just eleven galleries, and strikes at the flanks excluded from the action of the enemy artillery. Erensheld decided that on the Russian side will be followed by frontal assault, but had miscalculated. Peter defeated Sweden's flagship. Reports

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