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The Danish-Prussian Wars

 The Copenhagen Defenceline
 
 Sicherungstellung Nord 1916

 The Cold War at Stevns

 The Langelands Fort

 The Bangsbo Fort

 































 

 


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Former website Fortress-scandinavia.dk

Exciting periods in recent Danish military history.

 Danish military history is filled with dramatic periods.
 In the 19th century, we were to relate to a total military defeat and the loss of 2/5
 
of our land area and part of our most resourceful part of the population. But we
 also had to relate to all the other events that preceded.

  - The Battle at Copenhagen in 1802
  - The bombardment of Copenhagen and the loss of the fleet in 1807
  - The bankruptcy of the State a few years later
  - The loss of Norway in 1815

 Thus, there was a good need for success, so when in the first Danish-Prussian
 war we won a doubt
full victory over the Schleswig-Holstein insurgents, this was
 pronounced as a great
military victory. This national romantic euphoria led to
 some completely unrealistic
dreams about the country's military capabilities, and
 thus the road was paved for the second Danish-Prussian war and the catastro-
 
phic defeat in 1864.

 In the light of Germany's expansion and the gloomy memories, in 1886 the
 construction of a fortification around Copenhagen began. The constructions took
 place in the years 1886 to 1894,
completely out of political and democratic
 control.
This democratic crisis was solved first in 1901.

 After 1909 and in the years leading up to World War I, the fortifications were
 expanded, and along with a small mobilization, Only enough to secure the Danish
 neutrality, during the years 1914-1918.

 After having introduced the unrestricted submarine warfare, Germany was not to
 sure about
the Danish neutrality. At the same time they fought a certain fear of an
 English attack
through Jutland.
 They therefore built a strong defense line in the years 1916-18 Across the  North
 S
leswig, the area we know today as the Southern Jutland.

 Between 1918 and 1940 Denmark led a disarmament and neutrality policy that
 left no room for military constructions.

 Only in the context of the Cold War and NATO membership three new large
 coastal fortresses and a lot of other military installations were constructed.
 As the threat of the devastating nuclear war declined, a lot of the military facilities
 were abandoned and closed from the 1980s until the fall of the Sovjet alliance.



 


Denmark 1864 counterattack at Dubboel
The counterattack at Dybboel April 18th 1864
 

The Naval fort Proevestenen at the fortifications of Copenhagen
The naval fort Proevestenen at the fortifications of Copenhagen
 

Sicherungsstellung Nord from ww1 the Gammelskov Battery
The Gammelskov Battery at Sicherungsstellung Nord
 

NIKE Hercules SAM at the Sigerslev site Stevns
NIKE Hercules SAM at the Sigerslev site, Stevns

 

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