1617-1618 Ming victory Ming occupation of part of Siberia and Mongolia, and Sakalin
Tsardom China (Ming) 13,000 infantry 34 artillery pieces, 700 cavalry, One frigate 26,000 infantry, 49 artillery pieces, 1000 cavalry, 23 equine ships, three treasure ships

Tsar Mikeil

Fedor Daninov

Ivan Goher

Gong hong zhu

Wanli emperor

1800 dead

3500 wounded

2000 captured

1300 dead

4000 wounded

100 captured

The Sino-Russo war was a war fought between Russia and China's ruling dynasty, the Ming.

Battle of Tai Sheng

On September 14 1617, an army of 6000 led by General Danilov met 2000 Ming warriors in the village of Tai Sheng in Manchuria. Danilov ordered an attack on the flank of the Ming but ended in disaster as the Ming artillery was called in. The Russians were repelled 200 dead compared to 34 Ming dead. General Danilov seeing that he has no artillery at his disposal he ordered a retreat and constructed a fort for his troops while waiting for reinforcements and hold out during the winter, with only minor skirmishes.

Siege of Fort Mikail

During the spring of 1618, Gong Hong Zhu commanded 10,000 men with 30 artillery guns and led a siige of Fort Mikail which lasted for four months. During the arrival of the Ming forces, General Danilov's reinforcements did not arrive and he had to do with 5500 men against a 10,000 strong Ming force. For three months the Ming besieged the fort but without success. When another 9000 Russians arrived under General Goher to reinforce Danilov, Gong ordered an intense barrage of cannon volley on the fort and rushed his troops at it. Though Gong prevailed, he was still attempting to flush out Danilov, who was fighting fiercely with 2000 men outside the fort,when Goher arrived. The result was a loss for the Ming.

Battle of Sakalin

The small fleet of the Russians met a Ming fleet off the coast of Sakalin island while the remaining 11,000 Russians met an 21,000 strong Ming army. During the battle the Ming cavalry were able to punch a hole through the Russian line but with nearly 4000 casualties compared to the Russian 1000. However, the Ming infantry intervened, resulting in a further 6000 Russian casualties. The Russian army broke and surrendered,while the fleet was sunk, leading to the surrender of the Russian Army.


Following the battle of Sakalin, the Russian far east army sustained a fatal blow in the war. They were forced to surrender to the Ming, while losing a greater part of their North-east possessions.

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