The Military History of Charles XII King of Sweden, Vol. 3.
By Gustavus Adlerfeld, Chamberlain to the King
Edited by Roger R. Reynolds
Illustrations: 44 B&W
This Journal was largely written by Gustavus Adlerfeld, Chamberlain to Charles XII, King of Sweden, chronicling his activities during the Great Northern War of 1700–1721. It is a one-sided treatment of the topic, very favorable to the Swedes, and disparaging of their enemies. This Journal was originally written in Swedish, later translated to French, and in 1740 translated into English.
Volume Three starts in January, 1708 as the Swedish army is about to invade Russia.
The battles of Holowczyn, Malatitze and Lesnaya are covered. The horrendous winter march and fighting of 1708-1709 is discussed in detail, as is the January 1709 capture of Veprik. Chamberlain Adlerfeld’s Journal ends the night before the Battle of Poltava, where he was killed.
Through five appendixes, the story of the battle of Poltava and the retreat of Charles XII to the Turkish town of Bender, in present-day Moldavia, this third volume was finished by other writers, who, unfortunately, are not identified.