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'The Siege of Copenhagen: the castles of Cronsborg and Elimsborg, the entrance into the sound with the British fleet and transport', 1807

Coloured aquatint by R Pollard and J C Stadler after Captain Cockburn, published by Boydell and Co 1807.

The Copenhagen expedition was undertaken to prevent the powerful Danish fleet from falling into French hands. Had this occurred the French could have used the fleet to support Napoleon's planned invasion of Britain. After landing on Zealand, British troops commanded by General Sir Arthur Wellesley defeated weak Danish forces near the town of Køge, south of Copenhagen. Most of the Danish army was then defending the southern border against possible French attack. Copenhagen was soon encircled. The Danes rejected British demands to surrender, so the British fleet under Admiral Gambier, and Army's land batteries, bombarded the city from 2-5 September. On 7 September 1807 the Danes surrendered both the city and the fleet.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1971-02-33-124-1


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National Army Museum, Study collection

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