Battle of Chemnitz

The Battle of Chemnitz (14 April 1639) took place near the town of Chemnitz, in what is now eastern Germany, during the Thirty Years' War. Swedish forces under Johan Banér inflicted a crushing defeat on Rodolfo Giovanni Marazzino who commanded the Saxons and an Imperial detachment.[1][2]

Battle of Chemnitz
Part of the Thirty Years' War
Date14 April 1639
Chemnitz (present-day Germany)
50°50′N 12°55′E / 50.833°N 12.917°E / 50.833; 12.917Coordinates: 50°50′N 12°55′E / 50.833°N 12.917°E / 50.833; 12.917
Result Swedish victory
 Sweden  Holy Roman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Sweden Johan Banér
Sweden Lennart Torstensson
Electorate of Saxony Rodolfo Giovanni Marazzino
6 cavalry regiments 5,000 men
Casualties and losses
500 killed or wounded

2,000 men

  • 500 killed or wounded
  • 1,500 captured
Battle of Chemnitz is located in Saxony
Battle of Chemnitz
Location within Saxony
Battle of Chemnitz is located in Germany
Battle of Chemnitz
Battle of Chemnitz (Germany)


The battle was a confused engagement in broken country north of Chemnitz. After a forced march to the area,[citation needed] the Swedish forces were able to rout a large portion of the opposing forces,[1] capturing their baggage train,[citation needed] and taking 1,500 prisoners.[1]


Following the battle, the Swedes occupied Pirna and advanced into Bohemia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Wilson 2009, p. 614.
  2. ^ Wedgwood 1938, p. [page needed].


  • Wedgwood, C.V. (1938), The Thirty Years War, Pimlico, ISBN 0-7126-5332-5
  • Wilson, Peter Hamish (2009), The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy (illustrated, reprint ed.), Harvard University Press, pp. 614, ISBN 9780674036345