Tying Up Loose Ends.

General Apraxin, conqueror of the Crimea, dispersed his army into Winter quarters in September then rode North for St. Petersburg. Arriving there towards the end of the month, he was first bestowed by the Empress Elizabeth the title Prince of Odessa, and then further rewarded with a new command.
Apraxin was to take the forces based around the capital, and, in conjunction with the Russian Baltic Fleet, attempt to seize Finland from the Swedes.
The staunchly protestant Swedes were not all comfortable with being part of an alliance with Europe's three great catholic powers. Rumors of Jesuit plots had been swirling around the court in Stockholm all Summer, and in September they had resulted in all Swedish field forces in Finland being withdrawn back across the Baltic into Sweden proper.
Apraxin seized the opportunity thus presented, and marched directly on the great fortress of Vyborg, the gateway to Finland. With Winter approaching there was no time to assemble the supplies for a protracted siege, and upon arriving outside the fortress on October 14th, Apraxin, supported by the guns of the Baltic Fleet prepared an immediate assault. On the 15th a furious Russian charge carried the walls. The Vyborg garrison promptly surrendered, and the Empress Elizabeth would end the year with both the southern and northern flanks of her empire secured, and its boundaries expanded in both directions.
Another monarch who was having an excellent year was Frederick the Great. He departed Pomerania in September, and took over command of the Prussian forces massing on the Saxon border from Field Marshal Keith. For a couple of weeks the Prussian king pondered launching an invasion of Saxony to end the campaigning season, but was dissuaded by the parlous state of Prussia's finances. He simply lacked the supplies to launch such an undertaking before Spring.
It had been much more of an annus horibilis for Maria Theresa. The news of the defeat at Gollerwitz and the repulse of Browne from Silesia was followed by rebellion breaking out in Hungary. This not only deprived the Austrian Empress of much needed tax revenue from the Hungarians, but also forced her to send much of Browne's dispirited command east to restore order there.
With the postponing of Frederick's plans for the conquest of Saxony, and the eruption of revolt in Hungary, the 1756 campaign in Europe drifted to a close, and the focus of the war shifted to the Caribbean.

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