Chambers of Colonel Mykyta Halahan - Semi-Luxe
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Mykyta Halahan(* — † May 16, 1648)
Ukrainian national hero whose heroic act presumably was the basis for legend of Ivan Susanin. During the Battle of Korsun on May 16, 1648, by order of B. Khmelnytsky, he consciously accepted torture and death in order to provide the enemy with misleading information concerning the number and dislocation of Cossack troops as well as led 25 thousand Polish army into wild forest that allowed Cossacks to attack in favourable conditions.
Mykyta Halahan was born in the City of Korsun and originated from old Cossack family: his father, his grandfather and great-grandfather all were Cossacks.
During Taras Triasylo Uprising against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Halahan joined the rebels and participated in campaigns.
A year later, he was among the Cossacks discharged from the register who took part in the another uprising lead by Ostrianytsia.
Two years later, Mykyta participated in the uprising again. This time it was lead by Zaporizhian leader Pivtora-Kozhukha.
Halahan joined Khmelnytsky’s army. Information concerning dislocation and the number of Polish troops brought by Halahan was quite timely, as the Cossacks’ forces were insufficient to assault Polish fortifications. The council made a decision to lead the Poles into ambush in the place prepared by Halahan in advance. They needed a volunteer to hire out with the Poles as a guide. Halahan volunteered to do that.
Halahan’s interrogation was conducted by Potocki. Mykyta answered all questions with denial, as he knew that the Poles would believe only those said under torture. Potocki called for executioner who started to burn Mykyta’s back. Halahan “confessed” under torture and told that Khmelnytsky had a huge army, and the Tatars were also with him, as well as Khan of Crimea himself would join them with his horde soon, and that Dzhedzalii and Kryvonis were manoeuvring from the back land.
By the break of day, Halahan led Polish army through the forest into tree entanglements and ditches prepared in advance. When half of the Polish army entered the forest, the rest was attacked by Nechay and Bohun’s detachments, while the gross of Khmelnytsky’s army approached from behind.
Kalinowski accused Halahan of leading them into a trap and cut him dead with his sabre.
Halahan’s story was reflected in cinematography by Jerzy Hoffman in his Ogniem i mieczem (With Fire and Sword) film series.