(2nd battle)
14 November, 1812

Also known as Smoliani, the second battle of Polotsk took place when Marshal Victor moved against General Ludwig Wittgenstein's army to stop it linking with other Russian forces trying to halt the French retreat at the Beresina River.

Victor had the better of the engagement and stopped Wittgenstein in his tracks.

The French lost 3000 killed wounded and captured, the Russians a similar number of casualties.




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