Life Guards", 1709
300 anniversary of the Battle of POLTAVA: Part 1. St.SAMPSON Cathedral in St.Petersburg, July 10, 2009.
History of the regt
is year of 300 anniversary of the battle of Poltava - the major battle
of the Great Northern war. It was triumph for Russians and defeat for
Swedes, but it is a great memorial date for everyone interested in
history. Throughout several years reenactors from all over the Europe
were preparing for visit to Poltava to commemorate the date and stage
battle reenactment. Spring 2009 was full of hopes and preparations, as
our Ukranian friends were working hard on the organization of the
reenactment. Several weeks before the planned day of reenactment
Ukranian government directly prohibited staging any military-historical
activities of the battlefield. Basing on the fact that part of Ukranian
cossacks betrayed Tsar Peter and went over to Swedes, "celebrating of
Russian victory would be insulting to their memory" (sic!). Local
Poltava authorities were still willing to present some show with
historical costumes but they never provided any support for reenactors.
Thus reenactment in Poltava didn't take place, groups from Russia,
Ukraine and Baltic had to stay at home and our colleagues from Sweden
and Finland, who booked tickets in advance, went to see the field as a
In St.Petersburg Tsar Peter ordered to build a church in memory of Poltava victory - it is St. Sampson Cathedral. So Poltava commemoration in St.Petersburg in 2009 was linked to 300 anniversary of the cathedral.
Since we were deprived of reenactment in Ukraine on the historical battlefield, almost all reenactors from Russia and neighbourhood gathered in St.Petersburg. It turned to be the largest gathering of Russian GNW reenactors ever.
First day of celebrations, 10 July, was held in the park near St.Sampson Cathedral: we established historical camp, exercised, made presentations for the public and trained for the battle of the next day.
At the public presentation we told about uniforms, weapons, equipment, flags etc.
Then "Swedes" showed their uniforms and showed the "ga pa" tactic:
The event was visited by media
and we were on the news that day:
Spectators were pleased and left favorable comments in their blogs, such as:
Photos by participants and spectators of the festival.
Living History Unit "Preobrazhensky Life Guards" (с) 2009