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Battle of Ulaş
Part of Great Turkish War
DateAugust 20–26, 1696
Locationnear Bega River, Romania and Serbia
Result Ottoman victory[1][2][3]
Belligerents
 Holy Roman Empire Ottoman EmpireOttoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Holy Roman EmpireAugustus II the Strong
Holy Roman EmpireGeneral Heissler[4]
Ottoman EmpireMustafa II
Ottoman EmpireGeneral Elmas Mehmed Pasha
Strength
38,000-50,000 men[5] 60,000 men[6]
Casualties and losses
3,000-6,000 men killed[5] 4,000 men killed[5]



The Battle of Ulaş (1696) (also Ólas, Olash, Olasch, Olaschin) or Battle at the Bega River was a battle near the Bega River between the army of the Ottoman Empire under command of Mustafa II and the forces of the Habsburg Empire under command of Augustus II the Strong.

The Battle[edit | edit source]

The Habsburg army was besieging Temesvar, but when the Ottoman army crossed the Danube the siege was lifted and both armies met near the Bega River on August 26. During the battle, the left wing of the Imperial army took heavy casualties, in contrast to the centre and the right wing. Eventually the Ottomans emerged victorious.[1][2][3] The Imperial commander Heissler of Heitersheim was killed in the battle,[4] along with 3,000-6,000 Habsburg soldiers.[5] The Turks lost 4,000 men.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Erickson, Edward J.; Uyar, Mesut (2009). A Military History of the Ottomans: From Osman to Atatürk. ABC-CLIO. p. 103. ISBN 9780275988760. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mikaberidze, Alexander (2011). Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 970. ISBN 9781598843378. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dyer, Thomas Henry (1864). The History of Modern Europe from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the war in thè Crimea in 1857. S. Murray. p. 114. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Seton-Watson, Robert William (1934). A History of the Roumanians: From Roman Times to the Completion of Unity. CUP Archive. p. 92. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Sharp, Tony (2001). Pleasure and Ambition: The Life, Loves and Wars of Augustus the Strong. I.B.Tauris. pp. 125, 279. ISBN 9781860646195. 
  6. Sharp, Tony (2001). Pleasure and Ambition: The Life, Loves and Wars of Augustus the Strong. I.B.Tauris. p. 279. ISBN 9781860646195. 

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