25 Russian Army In European Capitals Throughout the History

Russian Army In European Capitals Throughout the History

Posted on November 4, 2015 by team


Throughout the history of Russia its troops have reached the majority of European capitals.

Thus, 255 years ago, on the early morning of the 28th of September, 1760, the troops of General Zakhar Chernyshov entered Berlin. The favourite of the Russian Tsarina Elizabeth, Count Shuvalov, dropped a phrase that shook all of Europe: “It is impossible to get to Petersburg from Berlin, but quite possible – from Petersburg to Berlin”.

And, as history shows, the Count was right. There are few European capitals that were never reached by Russian soldiers. Moreover, some capitals were visited more than once.


1. Berlin, 1760.
An interesting fact – two years before Berlin was invaded by Russians for the first time, General Chernyshov had been captured by the king of Prussia, Frederick the Great. But it did not make Germans fight for their capital, they ignominiously ceded Berlin to allied Austrian and Russian troops. This is when the national character fully declared itself. The Austrians were damaging statues and pictures, setting fire to German property, and abusing locals. Russian soldiers were forced to kill their own allies to save the people from devastation. Finally, Frederick the Great even thanked Russians for saving Berlin from the Austrian threat.


2. Rome, 1799.
Rome is a dream city for invaders of all times, but the Russian marines under the lead of Lieutenant Peter Balabin came there for liberation, not for invasion. The garrison of Napoleon fled as soon as they found out that the Russians were coming. The Russian marines were met with delight, locals were applauding and shouting out “Vivat Moscviti!”


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25 Responses to “Russian Army In European Capitals Throughout the History”

  1. Christian says:

    Australian troops in Berlin in 1760?

  2. Matthew says:

    The Australians!

  3. anyád says:

    Berlin only once? What about 1945?

  4. Antek says:

    It will be easier to show which nation had visited Moscow… There is only one!! And I am not talking about Germans

  5. History_fan says:

    I don’t agree on the 3. episode. Sweden was eliminated from the list of Europe’s great powers almost 100 years earlier, when it lost the Great Northern War in 1721. Which, I have to admit, was also mainly against Russia.

    • James says:

      In 1809 the Russians were not closer to Stockholm than the Germans were to Moscow so no, the Russians did not really “visit” Stockholm then. However, in 1741 did 12.000 russian soldiers make it into Stockholm by invitation from Sweden itself in order to keep the revolting peasants of Sweden at bay. The author of this article obviously doesn’t know his history very well…. Also, strongly agree that Sweden was no great power in 1809!

  6. Number says:

    The Russians/English fought here against the French in 1795 where i life,there are still some monuments called Lunetten.
    See link

  7. Number says:

    Here a good picture of a defense hole called lunet.

  8. Maars says:

    Napoleon made his way inside Moscow on 14 September 1812. Russians set the city on fire to move the French away, 3/4 of the city were lost in the fire. French great army left the city mid-October.

  9. Dmitrii says:

    By the way, in 1812 Moscow – isn’t a Capital of Russia.

  10. alsm74 says:

    Russian army entered Berlin 3 times: 1760? 1813, 1945.

  11. Mitko says:

    Don’t forget Hungary 1956 and Czechoslovakia 1968

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