The Lion from the North

The Swedish Army during the Thirty Years War Volume 2 1632-48

Michael Fredholm von Essen

After the death of Gustavus Adolphus, his chancellor Axel Oxenstierna assumed overall command and led the Swedish army to victory in the Thirty Years War.
Publication date:
November 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
c 25 b/w ills & 8 colour plates
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ISBN : 9781913118839

Dimensions : 248 X 180 mm
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• Explains the continued developments of the Swedish military system during the Thirty Years War
• Describes the Swedish army's performance in Germany, Poland, and Denmark
• Explains the Swedish logistics system that supplied the armies, despite a geographical depth of operations ranging from northern Scandinavia to the Alps
• Details how the Swedish intelligence service developed into a comprehensive support establishment to military operations

The book describes and analyses the early modern Swedish army during the Thirty Years War after the death in 1632 of King Gustavus Adolphus. At this time, military operations were handled by field marshals under the overall command of the Swedish Chancellor, Axel Oxenstierna. The book expands our understanding of the Swedish army during the Thirty Years War by focusing on its later operations, including those against Polish and Danish opponents, and not only on the better-known operations in Germany against the Catholic League and the Holy Roman Empire.

Meanwhile, Oxenstierna continued his administrative reforms, which enabled Sweden consistently to raise troops, despite the small population of Sweden and its territories, and enabled an intelligence and logistics system which could supply the armies, despite the vast geographical depth of operations. While the Swedish army of Gustavus Adolphus positioned Sweden as an emerging great power, it was the subsequent developments of the army under Oxenstierna that enabled the Swedish rise to regional great power status. While the army of Gustavus Adolphus has been described elsewhere, the Swedish army's later developments are less well known. Moreover, the book includes current research that has not yet appeared in the English language. It also describes the 1643-1645 Swedish invasion of Denmark (‘Torstensson's War') and the battles and sieges, including those of Vienna and Prague, that led up to the Peace of Westphalia, which concluded the Thirty Years War. Finally, the book covers the military aspects of the establishment of Sweden's first American colony.

REVIEWS excellent read and a valuable reference.

A very useful book for wargamers wishing to recreate the later battles of the Thirty Years' War or early Swedish attempts to found colonies.
Miniature Wargames - Arthur Harman