The Navy at Copenhagen in 1807

By Anthony N. Ryan, published August 1953


The article describes the role of the fleet under Lord Gambier in the combined land and sea attack which resulted in the Danish fleet being carried off to prevent it joining the French. The Danes had strengthened their defences in the light of Nelson’s successful attack in 1801. Details are given of the taking of the Great Belt and the isolation of Zealand, naval support for the landing of troops and the eventual bombardment of Copenhagen leading to capitulation despite the best efforts of a Danish flotilla.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | Baltic | North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

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