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"Preobrazhensky Life Guards", 1709
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300 anniversary of the Battle of POLTAVA: Part 3. The Battle. July 11, 2009.

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The battle reenactment started at about 13:00 with cannon shots.

Russian artillery
"Swedish" artillery

Cavalry firts appeared on the field: after several clashes Swedish cavalry pushed Russian dragoons out of field.
Dragoons advancing

Dragoons retreating

Then infantry of both armies stepped forward and formed lines of battle.

...and started to approach each other exchanging volleys:





When Russian first line went forward, Swedes gave fire and charged with swords and bayonets. Some Muscovites fell and other fled:




However, Russian second line stood firm in front of Caroliners


Russian formed single long line and advanced

So Swedes started to retire


Russian infantry went forward and gave fire:


Volleys:

Platoon firing:



When Swedes withdrew to their initial positions they went to their final charge:







After our bullets stopped them, we fixed bayonets and charged 







Victorious we went off the field and the foe surrenderred:





(с) Photos by participants and spectators of the festival.  

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Living History Unit "Preobrazhensky Life Guards" (с) 2009