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Battle of Bear's Ford
Part of Polish–Muscovite War (1605–18)
Camp of False Dmitry II at Tushino
DateJune 1608
LocationMoscow River between Moscow and Kolomna
Result Victory for Tsar Vasily IV
False Dmitry II Muscovite Tsardom
Commanders and leaders
Alexander Lisovsky Ivan Kurakin

The battle of the Bear's Ford took place in June 1608, when a government army of Boyar Ivan Kurakin defeated Lithuanian Colonel Alexander Lisowsky, in service of False Dmitry II.[1]


In March 1608, Lisowski separated from False Dmitry, defeated government troops at Zaraisk and captured Kolomna. With captured cannon and prisoners, Lisowski moved to join the main forces of false Dmitry in Tushino.


While crossing the Moskva River between Kolomna and Moscow, burdened with captives and a wagon train, Lisowczycy were suddenly attacked by an elite cavalry regiment loyal to Tsar Vasily IV. Accustomed to maneuvering battles, Lisowczycy suffered a serious defeat and lost all of their Kolomna spoils.[2]


After this defeat, Lisowczycy escaped back to Tushino. False Dmitry II lost important siege equipment and could not attack fortified Moscow, but continued blockade instead.


  1. Željko., Fajfrić, (2008). Ruski carevi (1. izd ed.). Sremska Mitrovica: Tabernakl. ISBN 9788685269172. OCLC 620935678. 
  2. Velikai︠a︡ russkai︠a︡ smuta : prichiny vozniknovenii︠a︡ i vykhod iz gosudarstvennogo krizisa v XVI-XVII vv.. Strizhova, I. M., Стрижова, И. М.. Moskva: Dar. 2007. ISBN 9785485001230. OCLC 230750976. 

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