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The Two Battles of Copenhagen 1801 and 1807 (Hardback)

Britain and Denmark in the Napoleonic Wars

Napoleonic Nelson & Trafalgar Military

By Gareth Glover
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 285
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781473898318
Published: 19th September 2018



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The Danish capital of Copenhagen was the site of two major battles during the Napoleonic Wars, but the significance of the fighting there, and the key role the country played in the conflict in northern Europe, has rarely been examined in detail. In this absorbing and original study Gareth Glover focuses on these two principal events, using original source material to describe them from the British and Danish perspectives, and he shows how they fitted into the little-understood politics of this region during this turbulent phase of European history.

The first Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 – the naval battle celebrated in Britain as one of Nelson’s great victories – and the second – the British army’s assault on the city in 1807 in which Wellington played a prominent part – were episodes in the continental struggle to resist the power of the French. Gareth Glover describes these events in vivid detail, quoting extensively from the recollections of eyewitnesses on both sides. His account is fascinating reading and an important contribution to the history of the period.

Gareth Glover’s work is a good addition to the existing shelf of books on the two Battles of Copenhagen.

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, 2018 – reviewed by Thomas Malcomson Toronto, Ontario

Glover’s The Two Battles of Copenhagen 1801 and 1807 is a well–
researched history of two of the most minor episodes of the Napoleonic Wars. He
gives the reader a clear context as to why the conflicts of 1801 and 1807 came
about, the negotiations that went on behind the scenes to try and avert war,
particularly in 1801, and gives extensive accounts of the naval and land battles.
Anyone interested in the naval history of the wars, would also find this book
useful to read about the strategy and tactics discussed and then used by the
British commanders for the Battle of Copenhagen on 2 April 1801.

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The Napoleon Series

A complex and at the same time compelling text, full of details little known.

STORIA militare, March 2019

Clear and compelling operational chapters examine the development of strategy, discuss the tactics and reflect on the human experience of war.

Mariners Mirror

The narrative flows easily without getting bogged down in lists or too much factual detail. But the detail, the product of much research, is contained in the appendices of which there are thirty six. The author’s forte in flushing out hitherto unpublished first hand accounts is used to good effect. He makes clear the difference between reporting and opinion whenever he has exercised his judgement especially when dealing with variations between a number of original accounts

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Clash of Steel

As one has come to expect from Mr Glover, the book has been carefully researched and presents a detailed narrative of the two expeditions and their results, quoting extensively from the recollections of eyewitnesses on both sides, that will appeal to readers interested in British operations outside the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars.

Miniature Wargames, January 2019 – reviewed by Arthur Harman

Interestingly, Powers describes these two major events from both the British and Danish perspectives, showing well how they fitted into the politics of this region during this turbulent phase of European history.

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Julian Stockwin Blog

This new book offers a well researched and argued review of the two Battles of Copenhagen that, if lost would have cost Britain dear.- Highly Recommended

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 Gareth Glover

About Gareth Glover

GARETH GLOVER is an ex-Royal Navy Officer who has studied the Napoleonic Wars for over forty years and over the last decade has written and compiled more than eighty books of previously unpublished archival material from the period. He is the acknowledged foremost authority on the British archives related to the Napoleonic Wars and has made a huge number of discoveries which have radically altered our understanding of the Waterloo campaign.

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