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The Slesvig Wars - 1848-50 & 1864
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The War of 1864
The Three Years War did not resolve the Slesvig issue and in 1864 war was once again looming. But whereas the forces had been fairly evenly matched in the first war, Denmark was now facing a far superior enemy with better equipment and better training.

The Battle of Rügen 1864
The War of 1864 saw few encounters between the Danish and Prussian navies, due to Denmark's naval superiority. As in the Three Years' War, Danish naval strategy focused on blockading Germany's Baltic Sea ports to disrupt Prussia's oversea's trade and naval operations. However, on March 17th, Prussia challenged Denmark's naval superiority in a brief but violent naval battle.

Armored Battery Ship ROLF KRAKE and the War of 1864
This article describes the ROLF KRAKE's historic design, and operational employment in the German-Danish war of 1864, during which ROLF KRAKE provided heavy seaborne gunfire support to assist the Danish army's defensive operations ashore.

The Battle of Dybboel
After the retreat from Dannevirke, the Danish army withdrew to the Dybboel position. The Prussians followed and initiated the heaviest bombardment in the history of warfare until then. For eight weeks the shells rained down over the Danish soldiers, before the Prussians were ready for the final attack. But the exhausted and inferior Danish soldiers would not give up without a fight.

The Battle off Helgoland
A combined Austrian-Prussian squadron had been under way for 5 weeks to the North Sea, to break the Danish blockade of the German harbours. To stop them, the Danes sent a squadron against them. On the 9th of May the two squadrons clashed off Helgoland, and for two hours the fight raged, before it was decided.

HMS Aurora at Heligoland
An observant witness of the fight between the Danish and Austrian squadrons off Heligoland on 9th May 1864 was the Royal Navy frigate Aurora, commanded by Captain Sir Leopold McClintock.

The capture of the Island of Als
As soon as the armistice in the war of 1864 ended at noon on Sunday, 26th June all the Prussian batteries immediately opened fire on the proposed crossing points in preparation for their attack against the island of Als on June 29th. Thereby the fight for the last part of Southern part of Jutland, still held by the Danish Army, had begun.

The Danish Foot Guards in the Danish-German War of 1864
Despite seing limited action during the war of 1864, the Foot Guards did get a chance to show the couragemark and dicipline that was their hall.

The Schleswig-Holstein Rebellion
With the outbreak of revolutions in 1848 the ruling houses of almost every Central European country were faced with two elementary demands: constitution and national unity. For the Danish monarchy these demands meant the beginning of three years of war. A liberal constitution was hard enough for King Frederik VII of Denmark, but to grant "national unity" was almost impossible.

Bov 9th of April 1848
This was the first encounter in the war between Denmark and the Schleswig-Holstein insurgent army.

The Battle at Schleswig 23rd of April 1848
This was the second battle of the Three Year War, but now the German federation had come to the help of Schleswig-Holstein and the Danish Army was outnumbered.

The Skirmish at Mysunde, 23 April 1848
Although the 23rd April 1848 is usually associated with the battle of Schleswig, another action was fought on the same day at Mysunde, which dramatically influenced its outcome.

Kampen ved Oversø 24. april 1848
Treårskrigen endte med en dansk sejr, men gav også hæren flere nederlag. Denne kamp var et af dem.

6th of Juli 1849 - the Battle of Fredericia
After having been sourrended and shelled for weeks, the Danish troops in Fredericia were finally ready for the outbreak on the night of the 6th of July.

Mysunde September 12th 1850
As reported in the Illustrated London News Sept. 12st 1850.

Battle at Isted
The largest battle ever fought on Danish soil seen by the eyes of the Times correspondent, William Russel

The fight by Lottorf November 24th 1850
After their defeat at Isted the Insurgent army withdrew behind the fortress of Rensberg and rebuilt it's strength, but the area between the two frontlines saw a number of skirmishes. One of these was the fight for the village Lottorf, where the Danish pickets were attack by a superior Schleswig-Holstein force.

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