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Battle of Plovdiv
Part of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878
0530 Вид на одну из улиц Филиппополя (Пловдива), январь 1878.jpg
View of one of the streets of Filipoppol (Plovdiv) after the liberation, January 1878
Date14–16 January 1878
LocationFilibe Sanjak, Edirne Province, Ottoman Empire
(now Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
Result Russian victory
 Russian Empire  Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Iosif Gurko Suleiman Pasha
12,000 7,000
Casualties and losses
1,300 killed and wounded[1] 5,000 killed and wounded, 2,000 captured[1][2][3]

The Battle of Plovdiv,[4][5] or Battle of Philippopolis,[6] was one of the final battles of the 1877-1878 Russo-Turkish War.

Following the crushing Russian victory at the last battle of Shipka Pass, Russian commander Gen. Joseph Vladimirovich Gourko began to move southeast towards Constantinople. Blocking the route was the Ottoman fortress at Plovdiv under Suleiman Pasha. On 16 January 1878, a squadron of Russian dragoons led by Captain Alexander Burago stormed the city. Its defenses were strong but superior Russian numbers overwhelmed them and the Ottoman forces retreated almost to Constantinople. At this time foreign powers intervened and Russia agreed to the Treaty of San Stefano.



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  4. F. V. Greene, The Russian Arm and Its Campaigns in Turkey in 1877-1878, Read Books, 2008, p. 359.
  5. Norman Tobias, The International Military Encyclopedia, Academic International Press, 2004, p. 19.
  6. Stanley Sandler, Ground Warfare: An International Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, 2002, p. 690.
  • Compton's Home Library: Battles of the World CD-ROM

Coordinates: 42°9′N 24°45′E / 42.15°N 24.75°E / 42.15; 24.75

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