|Swedish Troops Marching|
"Gustav IV Adolfs hate against Napoleon was deep, true, almost monumental. The king saw Napoleon as the antichrist wandering on the face of the Earth and he was therefore not prepared to make any compromises in his war against the "French hydra". He meant to put the weak resources of the Swedish kingdom into the gigantic power struggle that was occurring in Europe as a whole. The king had been reading the book of Revelations in the Bible and saw Napoleon as the incarnation of evil, all according to the prophecy of the Apocalypse. Rather than to surrender for Napoleon, the king was prepared to leave the country and continue the struggle from England."
|The Björneborg Regiment|
Left flank: 17th Division, under Lieutenant General Gortschakoff (8000 men) collected near Fredrikshamn.Centre: 21st Division under Lieutenant General Peter Ivanovitsch Bagration, (8700 men) collected on the roads east of Anjala.
Right flank: 5th Division under Lieutenant General Nikolai Alexejvitsch Tutschkoff, (7000 men) collected near Nyslott.
|The First Retreat|
The war in Österbotten, along the Finnish west coast, where the main armies stood against each other.The war in eastern Finland, where Sandels and his brigade went on the offensive in the direction of Kuopioand fought all the way to the Russian border
The Åbo-Åland archipelago, where Swedish troops where occasionally landed and the coastal fleets fought sporadic battles.
|Swedes and Russians Fighting|
"They were led on the Russian side by psychological insight and diplomatic skill by the engineer General Paul van Suchtelen, Dutch by birth. He was assisted by the old adventurer and traitor of his country Göran Magnus Sprengtporten [he was Swedish by birth], who had at one time in his life been dreaming about becoming "The Washington of Finland", and his friends; the notorious traitor Karl Henrik Klick [also Swedish by birth] who came personally to Helsinki to assist with advice and action. This gang was supported by a bunch of officers wives..."
and create yourself a name thereof
and give it to that man;
and it shall nonetheless awaken less sorrow,
than the one he had at Sveaborg"
|Döbeln at the Battle of Juthas|
Like a thunder was the voice of Standar
and old Nord beat the drum as it was heard,
and the young one with his belly blown up
went on over the field, with his blood running,
and in the front rode Döbeln himself with sword in hand,
and before the evening's shadows fell
was the Russian force thrown over
and saved was Adlercreutz' free journey."
|Oravais Reenactment Group|
|The Battle of Oravais|
"All this time I stood on a nearby hill and watched the horrible play. Towards the evening Jernefelt and I went down to one of the farms, where we intended to spend the night. Then the news that the Swedish Army was in full retreat arrived. It became a horrible retreat! The road was tread to pieces. We joined the baggage. It was raining and the darkness was so compact that you could hardly see anything in front of you [...] The Swedish troops, of which soldiers every now and then came through the woods to the baggage, were in total disorder. They had no officers left. The Finnish troops made the rearguard, and were retreating in good order. They did not even have any guns to cover them."
|The Bridge at Virta bro|
|The Battle of Sävar|
|Swedish Wounded Being Treated|
"Then Adlercreutz seized the opportunity, as the political tension had kept him in Stockholm. For the second time in his life he heightened himself to decisive and great action. This time it was just as needed as tragic. He had earlier refused to stand in the front of the conspiracy [against the king], but now the further existence of the kingdom was at stake"