The Battle of Copenhagen

The Battle of Copenhagen in 1807 is the term used to describe the attack, which the British Navy implemented against the Danish capital after their invasion of Zealand.

The Battle of Copenhagen was the result of Denmark and Norway’s support to Napoleon’s Continental Blockade, an arrangement which Denmark was forced into. Before this, Denmark had managed to stay a neutral state for nearly 100 years.

The Battle of Copenhagen lasted three days, and left Copenhagen in flames. The battle is described as a terror attack because the British knowingly went after civilians and non-military facilities. Several Danish intellectuals participated in the defense of Copenhagen, among those the poet Ingemann, for whom the Battle of Copenhagen became a crucial turning point in his life.

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