Russians in the fray
As related by the Medieval Russian Novgorod Chronicle, Alexander stations his men right behind the uneven ice floes on the lakeshore at a site known as Raven’s Rock where he waits for the German assault. The prince has around 5,000 troops consisting of 2,000 militiamen from Novgorod in the front and centre of his line; his 600-man professional druzhina, or bodyguard; and the 400-strong druzhina of his brother, Andrey, from Suzdal, behind the militia. These are supported by tribal Finnish warriors and steppe nomad horse archers placed on the Russian right wing. Raven’s Rock is the slenderest crossing point of Lake Peipus.