The saxon army had been decimated at Kliszów, but had managed to escape with considerable numbers. August moved the remnants to the north-west and filled out the ranks during the fall of 1702 and winter of 1703. He had a strong detachment at Thorn in southern West-Prussia under Steinau's command. Steinau left in February with 8 horse regiments to take up a position at Pultusk.
When Rehnskiöld received reports of Steinau's whereabouts, he immediately
informed Karl XII, who without delay joined him. The king was very eager
to eliminate the saxon forces and he saw a chance to deal a severe blow
to the saxon cavalry.
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