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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2020 10:30 p.m. PST

Of possible interest?



ConnaughtRanger15 Jul 2020 11:05 a.m. PST

They went to seize the Danish Fleet (before Napoleon seized the Danish Fleet)? I had presumed from this forum that the purpose was solely to slaughter countless thousands of Danish orphans and widows?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2020 12:41 p.m. PST



Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2020 5:05 p.m. PST

Copenhagen was subjected to a planned terror bombardment that burned a significant portion of the city and killed between 200 and 2,000 civilians.

Gazzola16 Jul 2020 9:29 a.m. PST


The British went to capture the Danish fleet, which they thought the Danes, in face of the mighty land and sea force they sent to the unsuspecting 'neutral' country, would meekly hand over for 'safekeeping'. (When did neutral matter in the face of a good robbery, eh!) The British went there based on false intelligence (that reminds me of something more recent) that gave the impression that the Danish fleet was ready to sail, when the reality was the exact opposite and one of the reasons the British stayed there so long. Beforehand, the Danes were expecting to possibly have to fight the French, not the British, which was why their main land forces were elsewhere positioned in order to combat any French attacks. In the end, after the British deliberately bombarded the civilian areas of Copenhagen (I believe Wellington opposed the bombardment) in order to force the 'stubborn' Danish military to surrender, the military reluctantly surrendered. Along with the ships they captured, not many that they were able to actually use, which raises the question of why they bothered in the first place, they took everything they could lay their hands on, including door handles! (My God, had Napoleon got their hands on them! LOL) And of course, Napoleon gained an ally and England an enemy.

ConnaughtRanger16 Jul 2020 3:20 p.m. PST

Just shows the Brits were among the first to appreciate the stylishness of Scandanavian Interior Design?

Gazzola19 Jul 2020 6:17 a.m. PST

Perhaps the British thought the ships were in flat packs and easy to assemble?

ConnaughtRanger19 Jul 2020 9:02 a.m. PST

Aren't we missing a "LOL"?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2020 8:57 p.m. PST



Gazzola25 Jul 2020 5:19 p.m. PST


One can't just go throwing LOL in anywhere, you know. There is a correct time and place for such intricacies. LOL

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2020 3:44 a.m. PST

It's an art, not a science. LOL :-)

ConnaughtRanger26 Jul 2020 2:13 p.m. PST

It's the resort of someone who hasn't advanced beyond teenage.

Gazzola28 Jul 2020 3:20 p.m. PST


Come on, lighten up, man! And I suppose your insult is being very grown up? LOL

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2020 5:23 p.m. PST

Seems to me that the throwing of insults meant to diminish what others might say is the greater adolescent problem.

Especially when done behind the relative safety of a keyboard.

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