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Battle of Copenhagen 1807

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Uploaded on Mar 25, 2010

The second Battle of Copenhagen in 1807,known in Denmark as the Bombing of Copenhagen,was a conflict that saw Denmark enter the Napoleonic War on the side of Napoleon's French Empire.

Beyond the fleet,on the Swedish shore,a scatter of glimmering lights showed in the town of Helsingborg.
"Have they fired on us?"he asked the Captain.
"No,sir,"the Captain said.The redness was fading on the waiting shot."Not yet,sir".
But just then a dull boom sounded from the distant fleet and the General saw a flash of red illumine one of the black-and-yellow hulls.
"Sir!"The Captain was impatient.He wanted his guns to pour their red heat into the dark bellies of the British fleet.
"Wait"the General said,"wait."
Another gun fired at sea,but there was no trundling sound of round shot in the air and no splash of a falling shot.There was just the cannon's dull boom fading in the night,then renewing itself as a third gun fired.
"They're making a salute,"the General said."Return it,No shot."
"We salute them?"The Captain sounded incredulous.The General wrapped his nigthgown tighter against the nigth's chill.
"We are not yet at war,Captain,"he said reproachfully,"and they are offering us a salute,so we shall return the compliment.Fifteen guns if you please.
The red-hot round shot cooled.
The ships ghosted southwards.They carried an army that had come to crush Denmark.
And Denmark sauluted it.

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