Simon Grundel-Helmfelt

Simon Grundel-Helmfelt

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Baron Simon Grundel-Helmfelt (1617–1677) was a Swedish Field marshal. Helmfelt is most notable for the overwhelming victory he won despite being heavily outnumbered at the Battle of Lund.

He served in the Thirty Years' War from 1641 and distinguished himself at the Battle of Breitenfeld and received his first commission.

He was knighted in 1646, when he changed his name from Grundel to Grundel-Helmfelt. Later that year he was wounded outside Rain am Lech by a musket bullet. In 1649 he was promoted to Colonel of the Artillery and in 1655 to General of the Infantry.In 1656, he was appointed Governor of Riga in 1656, where he successfully defended the town against Tsar Alexej and his army of 90,000 men, and then Governor-General of Ingria in 1659.

Helmfelt returned to Stockholm in 1676 to become Commander in chief of the Swedish army during the Scanian War. He was killed the following year at the Battle of Landskrona.

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