Turtukai

Turtukai

 

(now Tutrakan), a city in Bulgaria, on the Danube River, in what is now Silistra District. There was formerly a Turkish fortress in Turtukai that guarded a convenient site for crossing the river. During the Russo-Turkish War of 1768–74, Russian troops under the command of General A. V. Suvorov conducted two raids in the area on May 10 and June 17,1773, the first in order to divert the enemy from the designated crossing point of the main forces of the Russian army in the region of Silistra, and the second as part of the offensive of the Russian troops. The operations were carried out by night against superior enemy forces. Suvorov deployed columns near Turtukai in conjunction with an extended order of chasseurs; these tactics had previously been used only by General P. A. Rumiantsev-Zadunaiski at Kolberg (Kolobrzeg) in 1761.