December 22: Suvorov And The Sick Man Of Europe

December 22: Suvorov And The Sick Man Of Europe

Written by Matthew Mendez, Journalist

December 22, 1790 CE. The Turkish Fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Russian forces under the command of General Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov during the Russo-Turkish War of 1787–1792. Located in the region of Budjak, now in modern Ukraine, the Fortress of Izmail held a garrison of 40,000 soldiers behind what were considered impenetrable walls at the time. With a contingency of only 31,000 soldiers, Suvorov began his assault of the Ottoman stronghold during the early morning hours of December 22. Aided by Spanish Admiral José de Ribas and a fleet of Russian warships, Suvorov and his men scaled Izmail’s walls after a thorough peppering around 5:30 AM. By 8:00 A.M. Suvorov and his men entered the main city, having only lost 1,815 men in comparison to the Ottoman’s 26,000. With the fortress of Izmail firmly in Russian hands, Suvorov assured the ultimate decisive victory against Ottoman forces.