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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2018 8:10 p.m. PST

…Battle of Copenhagen.

"In 1806, Denmark remained stubbornly neutral, Russia was firmly allied with Britain, and Sweden had declared war on France and thereby enjoyed Royal Navy protection for her merchant fleet. Then in July 1807, Russia decided to switch sides and signed a treaty with France that would, in effect, divide up the Continent between the two, with Scandinavia going to Russia. They also agreed that if Denmark did not come peaceably into their camp, she would be taken by force.

The Danes had had six years in which to rebuild their navy, and the fleet was looked upon by both sides as a tempting prize. Because Britain controlled the entrance to the Baltic, she was able to offer the Danes protection from a French or Russian invasion—in return for the use of the newly built Danish fleet. She promised to return the ships to Denmark as soon as hostilities were concluded. The Danes refused this offer, plus a similar one from the other side, and started preparing their defenses…."
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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2018 10:36 p.m. PST

Alas this refers to Copenhagen.

The title suggested "The Wingless Eagle"….Napoleon's son. Bound to wonder…What if?

Ironsides20 Jun 2018 8:24 a.m. PST

Full of mistakes and misconceptions, hare are a few of them.

The fleet wasn't Napoleons but Danish, and there was no intention to hand it over to him.
The British made landfall on august 16th, and started to invest Copenhagen next day.
The bombardment started september 2nd and lasted 3 days at which point the city Commandant offered to surrender.
Sir Arthur Wellesley wasn't 2nd in Command, but only in command of the Reserve division.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2018 9:59 a.m. PST



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