Receiving the news of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in the spring, Iranian troops moved from Tabriz to Nakhjevan and on February 13, 1812 Persians under Abbas Mirza routed Russians at Sultanabad near the Aras River. With new found confidence in their modern infantry, trained by British and French officers, and European cannons from the French and a Lieutenant Henry Lindsay, Iranians assaulted the expansionist Russians to take back Caucasia.Iranians, under their gallant leader Abbas Mirza fought the Russians under Pyotr Kotlyarevsky. The Persians won the battle by moving faster than the Russians and attacking them near their camp. This victory however did not last long because Russians received reinforcement and won the Battle of Aslandooz on Oct, 31st. (Wikipedia) - Battle of Sultanabad
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Battle of Sultanabad
|Part of the Russo-Persian War (1804-1813) |
| This painting once decorated the Abbas Mirza''s palace. Depicted on this huge canvas is the defeat of the Russian Trinity Infantry Regiment in the battle near Sultanabad, which took place on 13 February 1812. Persian soldiers wearing European uniforms and bearing Persian banners, on which a lion holds a sabre in its paw against a background of the rising sun. |
|February 13, 1812 |
|Sultanabad, Aras River, Azerbaijan |
|Persian victory |
| Russian Empire || Persian Empire |
Commanders and leaders
|Pyotr Kotlyarevsky ||Abbas Mirza |
|10,000 infantry 6 cannons ||12,000 infantry 22,000 irregular cavalry 36 cannons |
Casualties and losses
|500 killed or wounded ||100 |
Russo-Persian War (1804–1813)
The Battle of Sultanabad occurred on February 13, 1812, between the Russian Empire and Persian Empire. In the resulting battle, the Russians were routed.
The Persians, numerically superior, were led by Abbas Mirza and fought the Russians led by Pyotr Kotlyarevsky. A Persian offensive into Georgia, with their British and French trained Nezam-e Jadid infantry, initiated the battle. The Persians had also obtained European cannons from the French.
The Persians won the battle by moving faster than the Russians and attacking them near their camp. Although this was a minor victory for the Persians, Abbas Mirza tried to show it as a major victory.
In the end however the Persians lost the invasion due to the Russian maneuvring around the Aras River which culminated in the Battle of Aslanduz. The Persians would have given up had it not been for the news of Napoleon''s invasion of Russia in the spring.
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