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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2013 6:16 p.m. PST

Greetings I'm looking for suggestions as to the makeup of Danish armies during the above indicated period.

I've only read one book on the Smolensk war and another on a battle with the Poles.

From what I recall, their armies were about 75-90% cavalry. Perhaps a small portion dragoons or harqbusiers.

The infantry I recall being mostly German mercenaries.

Any other incites would be greatly welcomed.

Daniel S29 Sep 2013 1:49 a.m. PST

The Danes never fought the Poles and were not involved in the Smolensk war. Are you perhaps thinking of the composition of the Polish-Lithuanian armies??

If you are asking about the Danes they didn't have an army most of the time except for small garrison units, some artillerymen and the nobility, city militias and peasants leaves that could be called out for service in time of war. In time of war the Danes would built an army using mercenaries, their access to Germany and the Netherlands made this easy as long as there was sufficient cash and time available. The only Danish war fought in the 1590-1620 time frame was the Kalmar war with Sweden 1611-1613. You can find information about the Danish army during that war at my blog link

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2013 4:00 p.m. PST

Thanks Daniel. I was probably thinking of the Swedes!

Kadrinazi30 Sep 2013 4:39 a.m. PST

Swedes wouldn't have army composed in 75-90 % of cavalry either ;)

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