Volmar Anton Von Schlippenbach

Schlippenbach, Volmar Anton Von


Born 1650; died 1739. Swedish general.

The son of a Livonian noble, Schlippenbach commanded the Swedish troops in Livland at the beginning of the Northern War of 1700–21. In 1701 and 1702 he was defeated at Erestfehr and Hummelshof and near Dorpat (Tartu). In 1709, in the battle of Poltava, he served under Field Marshal K. G. Rehnschiöld (Rehnsköld), who sent him to aid the detachment of General Roos, which had been checked by Russian redoubts. After Schlippenbach’s arrival, the detachment, with Schlippenbach in command, was surrounded and captured by the cavalry units of A. D. Menshikov.

Schlippenbach entered Russian service in 1715 and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. He received an estate in Courland and the title of baron. Schlippenbach served as a member of the Military Collegium and, in 1718, as a member of the Supreme Court.