Battle of Dargo (1845)

Battle of Dargo
Part of the Caucasian War
Сражение за аул Дарго.jpg
Dargo, Chechnya
ResultChechen-Dagestani Victory, Successful Russian Retreat
Thirdimamateflag.svg Caucasian Imamate Russian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Imam Shamil
Isa Gendergen
Hadji Murad
Baysangur of Benoa
Mikhail Vorontsov
Casualties and losses
unknown3 generals, 195 officers and 3433 men killed or wounded; 3 guns[1]

The Dargo Campaign of 1845 was a campaign and series of battles during the Murid War, the eastern phase of the Caucasus War of 1817-1864. During the campaign, Vorontsov penetrated too deeply into enemy country, was surrounded, fought his way part-way out with heavy losses and was rescued by General Freitag.

Importance of the Campaign

The Dargo Campaign is a good example of the difficulty of moving an army through a forest when there are large numbers of enemy. When there are heavy supplies or many wounded, the army becomes strung out along a road or path where it is attacked from both sides and the front and rear cannot protect each other. If march discipline is not maintained, a faster group will bunch up with the men ahead, it will lose contact with the men to the rear and isolated groups can be attacked in detail.

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