Battle of Lutter (am Barenberge), 27 August 1626
Battle in Thirty Years War. The army of Christian of Denmark had entered a gap between two Imperial armies, commanded by Wallenstein and Tilly, hoping to take advantage of the split between them. Unfortunately, his move was discovered in time, and Tilly, with 8,000 men sent to him by Wallenstein, found Christian, who initially attempted to escape back to safety, but found himself under too much pressure, and turned to fight at the village of Lutter, where the Imperial army inflicted a crushing defeat on him. Christian escaped the field with under half of the troops he had started with, and lost most of his allies in Germany, forcing him to retreat back towards the coast, a spent force, at least for the moment.
The Thirty Years War
, C.V.Wedgewood. Despite its age (first published in 1938), this is still one of the best english language narratives of this most complex of wars, tracing the intricate dance of diplomacy and combat that involved all of Europe in the fate of Germany.
How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (7 November 2000), Battle of Lutter (am Barenberge), 27 August 1626, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_lutter.html