Russo - Swedish War2015
By Anastacia Sampson
The Russo-Swedish War took place from 1741 to 1743. In the history of Sweden, this is recalled as the Hat’s Russian War and in Finland it is recalled as the Hat’s war. The war, regardless of what name is used to recall it, was started by the Hats.
The Hats were a political party in Sweden that existed from 1719 to 1772. They came into power and ruled Sweden from 1738 to 1765, yet during their governance Sweden had to endure two costly wars. One of these wars was the Russo-Swedish in the early 1740s.
The plan was set by Swedish and French diplomats for Swedish forces to march onto St Petersburg (in Russia) and then set up to overthrow the government by force or illegal means. The goal was to bring down the power of the pro-Austrian regime of Anna Leopoldovna. The Swedes began by declaring war on Russia in late July 1741 but their attack was delayed by an epidemic in the fleet along Russian borders. Swedish troops died and soon the Russians were attacking the Swedes. This first battle was a victory for the Russians.