The Swedish Army of the Great Northern War, 1700-1721

Lars Ericson Wolke

This is the story of Sweden´s Army during the wars 1700-1721 against a number of enemies, foremost Russia, until the collapse of the Swedish Empire.
Publication date:
June 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
80 colour ills, 13 b/w photos, 12 b/w ills, 13 maps, 1 table
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ISBN : 9781912390182

Dimensions : 248 X 180 mm
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• A description of the development of the strategical situation in the Baltic Sea region
• An analysis of the of the organisation and fighting capability of the Swedish Army
• A study not only of the battles and campaigns, but also of the fortress warfare, the development of the equipment and tactic of the Army during the 20 years of war
• After the Swedish defeat at Poltava in 1709 the War continued for another 11 years. How could that be? The possible answers to that question are discussed
• Includes a list of all army units (regular and irregular) during the war
• This is the first modern presentation of the Swedish Army during the long war that ended Sweden´s Baltic Empire

The book describes the development of the Swedish Army during the Great Northern War, 1700-1721, when Sweden fought against a coalition of Russia, Denmark-Norway and Poland-Saxony. For parts of the War Prussia and Hanover also joined the enemy coalition. The book describes how the Army was reorganised in the year before the outbreak of the war, with its unique allotment system of recruitment. The book also includes a list of all Army units during the 21 years of war.

The strategic situation in the Baltic Sea region in the last 1690s is given, and is then followed up by an analysis of the strategic situation in the early 1720s.

A description of the Army as it was at the time of the outbreak of the war in 1700, as well as the system of fortresses around the Baltic Sea is provided. The equipment and tactics of the Army are presented, not the least how they developed during the long period of the war.

The development of the 21 years of war are described and discussed to give the reader a good overview of the military (and partly the political) developments. The battlefield performance of the Swedish Army is studied through descriptions and analysis of six battles and one campaign.

The book includes a list of suggestions for further reading, and is supported by a large number of illustrations including specially-commissioned colour uniform and flag plates.


[The Swedish Army] is well illustrated and […] a very informative publication.
Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy

This book, to paraphrase an advertising slogan, ‘does what it says on the cover' and is highly recommended for any wargamer interested in the Great Northern War and the Swedish Army of Charles XII
Miniature Wargames - Arthur Harman