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battle of Copenhagen


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1801.

This encounter with the Danish fleet was fought on 2 April in the narrow 3‐mile‐long King's Channel, which bounded the eastern defences of the Danish capital. These consisted of the formidable Trekronor fort, flanked to the north by 5 moored warships and to the south by a redoubtable line of 7 unmasted warships and 10 floating batteries. The British under Sir Hyde Parker with Nelson as his second had 15 ships. Following a daring navigation, the British attacked in line and broke the Danish defence. Nelson ‘turned his blind eye’ to Parker's premature signal to withdraw.

Subjects: World History — British History.


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