Battle of Krasnobród (1672)

The Battle of Krasnobród took place on 5–6 October 1672, during the Polish-Ottoman War. It was part of Jan Sobieski’s autumn expedition, aimed at the destruction of mounted Tatar units, which plundered southeastern provinces of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Battle of Krasnobród
Part of The Polish-Ottoman War (1672-1676)
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Expedition of Jan Sobieski in 1672
Embossed art at the Wilanów pallace in Warsaw
Date5–6 October 1672
Location50°32′41″N 23°13′05″E / 50.544722°N 23.218056°E / 50.544722; 23.218056Coordinates: 50°32′41″N 23°13′05″E / 50.544722°N 23.218056°E / 50.544722; 23.218056
Result Polish–Lithuanian victory
Chorągiew królewska króla Zygmunta III Wazy.svg Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Polish Cossacks
Gerae-tamga.svg Crimean Khanate
Commanders and leaders
Jan Sobieski
Mykhailo Khanenko
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown
Battle of Krasnobród (1672) is located in Poland
' Location of the Battle of Krasnobród - October 1672 '

In early October 1676, Hetman Sobieski was stationed in Krasnystaw. On 5 October after finding out that several Tatar units were plundering the area of Zamość, he decided to destroy them. The main Tatar forces camped near Krasnobród, and during the night of October 5–6, Sobieski began a 52-kilometer march, which took place in a heavy rain.

Early the next morning, the Tatar camp was attacked by pro-Polish Cossacks, loyal to Mykhailo Khanenko. When the news of the skirmish reached Sobieski, he decided to intervene, arriving at the site of the battle after 30 minutes. Polish forces joined the fighting, while Khanenko himself left Krasnobród and headed to Zamosc. Several Tatar units were destroyed, and some 2,500 Polish civilians captured by the invaders were freed and sent to Zamosc.



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