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23 March 1716

Trefningen ved Gjellebekk ble utkjempet under Karl 12s første felttog i Norge i mars 1716. Dette var det lengste svenskekongen nådde under sin framrykning inn i Norge. De norske forsvarerne lagde en forsvarsstilling på veien mellom Christiania og... Read more ...

23 March 1716

Kamper ved Gjellebekk
Trefningen ved Gjellebekk ble utkjempet under Karl 12s første felttog i Norge i mars 1716. Dette var det lengste svenskekongen nådde under sin framrykning inn i Norge. De norske forsvarerne lagde en forsvarsstilling på veien mellom Christiania og Drammen, ikke bare for å stoppe svenskene, men også som en siste retrettsstilling der Norges skjebne skulle avgjøres.

Den 23. mars 1716 sendte den svenske krigerkongen en rekognoseringsavdeling på 600 dragoner i tre kompanier under oberst Dietrich Johan Löwenstierna for å få rede på hvor sterke de norske stillingene var og eventuelt finne ut om det fantes svakheter som kunne utsettes for et konsentrert angrep. Löwenstierna bestemte seg for et såkalt «voldelig rekognoseringstokt» for å kunne bedømme forsvarernes styrke og plassering i terrenget. Derfor stormred svenskene gjennom forpostene ved Ravensborg i Asker 20 km sørvest for Christiania. Etter å ha kommet videre fant de en framskutt norsk avdeling på 30 dragoner og sprengte den og drev de gjenværende på flukt inn i bakenforliggende stillinger.

Men Vesterlenkompaniet av 2. søndenfjelske dragonregiment holdt stand og fikk hjelp av tre kompanier som kom forsvarerne til unnsetning. Svenskene hadde fått øye på den sterke skansen, snudde under kampene som var uryddige og preget av stor forvirring. Löwenstierna mått trekke seg tilbake gjennom skogene og over veien i dyp snø. Inne i skogen ble de beskutt av en norsk skiløpertropp på 70 mann. Ute av stand til å forsvare seg var Löwenstierna og hans dragoner under ild i flere timer og mistet 19 mann og flere hester.




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