Slaget ved Poltava i den store nordiske krig var en av de mest betydningsfulle militære kampene i Sveriges... Read more ...
27. June 1705
Sverige tapte mot Russland ved Poltava
Slaget ved Poltava i den store nordiske krig var en av de mest betydningsfulle militære kampene i Sveriges historie. Sveriges kong Karl 12. ble sterkt skadet i opptakten til slaget, og kunne dermed ikke lede de svenske troppene selv i den avgjørende kampen. I slaget ved Poltava, som ligger i dagens Ukraina, vant russerne en klar seier. Mange historikere mener dette var vendepunktet for begge land som stormakter: For Sverige gikk det nedover, mens Russland markerte seg som den kommende stormakten i Nord-Europa.
Særlig medførte det store svenske styrketapet på rundt 12 500 mann i kapitulasjonen ved Perevolotsjna noen dager etter slaget en alvorlig svekkelse av den svenske militære slagkraften.
Dansk ekspedisjonskorps til Wien
En dansk styrke bestående av 4500 infanterister og grenaderer og 1600 kavalerister ankom Wien i Østerrike. Årsaken var at Habsburgmonarkiet måtte ha hjelp til å knuse et opprør i områdene de kontrollerte i dagens Ungarn og Romania.
Danskene ble ledet av generalløjtnant Andreas Harboe og var med på å vinne slagene ved Waagfloden og ved Zsibó. Sistnevnte slag gjorde i all hovedsak slutten på krigen, og de danske troppene ble lagt i kvarter i Transylvania. Her led troppene på grunn av hapsburgernes uetterrettelighet i pengesaker.
Sommeren 1706 ble korpset beordret til Tyskland, men Harboe nådde ikke frem i live. Han ble drept av et vådeskudd fra sin egen skiltvakt mens han satt til bords med sine offiserer ved Egereth, ikke langt fra Grosswardein.
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In this article you can read about hunting with black powder firearms, from a Norwegian perspective. The Norwegian game law limits the use of black powder for hunting, but a few hunters hunt small game with black powder rifles and shotguns. Read the article to find out more.
Published: 24. November 2007 by Øyvind Flatnes.
Edited: 25. November 2007.
Seven Martini-Henry cartridges and a .22 LR cartridge for comparison.
Loading black powder in metallic cartridges seems to be more and more popular here in Norway. The black powder cartridges are for many shooters the gate that leads to a membership in the Norwegian Black powder Union. The following article has its focus on the practical use of the old British infantry rifle, the .577/.450 Martini-Henry.
Find out more!
You can read more about the British Martini-Henry and Snider rifles, as well as other early breech-loading single-shot rifles in the brand new book From Musket to Metallic Cartridge: A Practical History of Black Powder Firearms.
My Martini-Henry rifle was bough very cheap at an internet auction not long ago. It is a Mk. IV with the long lever, which means it was probably not used by the British Army, but by some of their native troops in one of the colonies. It was made by the RSAF in Enfield in 1887, which indicates that it was one of the many .402" calibre Enfield-Martini rifles that was later converted to .577/.450 Martini-Henry rifles. The Mk. IV was not being made before 1888, but quite a lot of the Mk. IV's are stamped with both 1886 and 1887 on the right side of the receiver. All of these are converted .402" Enfield-Martinis. I soon discovered markings on my rifle pointing me in the direction of Nepal. On the rear sights I found the markings that revealed were the rifle had been used: N.E.P. and N.S. The latter initials means 'Native Service' and N.E.P. indicates 'Nepal'.
Thousands of Martini-Henry rifles were sold from Britain to Nepal during the last part of the 1800's. Nepal was never a British colony, but came under British influence after 1815. The background for this was that Nepalese Ghurkha soldiers invaded Northern India in 1814 and the British counterattacked with five armies shortly after. Four of the armies were annihilated, but the fifth managed to force themselves into Nepal, marched through the Katmandu Valley which brought them near to the Nepalese capital. The king of Nepal chose to negotiate for peace and shortly after a peace treaty was signed. The British were now allowed to cross Nepal to trade with Tibet. They were also allowed to enlist Ghurkha soldiers for the British Army. After having wiped out four of the five British armies, these soldiers had gained themselves enormous respect. Even today the British Army enlist Ghurkha troops.
Bullets and brass
If you are to shoot your Martini-Henry you have to be ready to do some preparations. You have to get hold of bullets and brass, and that's not the simplest thing in the world. I got brass directly from Bertram Bullets in Australia. They are high quality drawn cases and the cost was 4.40 AUD a piece. You can also get them from the British firm Kynamco.
Home swaged Martini-Henry bullet and bullet for
.45-70 Gvt.To the right: A .577/.450 Martini-Henry
cartridge and a .22 LR cartridge for comparison.
The first shots
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