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Battle of Copenhagen
Timeline: 1632 series
Part of The Ostend War
BoC
Date 1634
Location Denmark
Result USE victory, recreation of the Union of Kalmar
Belligerents

USE Flag

United States of Europe

Denmark

Denmark
Commanders and leaders
John Chandler Simpson Christian IV

The Battle of Copenhagen was a naval battle of the Ostend War. It took place in the May of 1634 , when Admiral Simpson took his ironclads and timberclads into Copenhagen using a southern approach, thus by-passing mines laid down by the minions of king Christian IV of Denmark.

The fleet was harassed by torpedo boats armed with spar torpedoes, which attempted to close under the cover of smoke generators—the technique for which Baldur Norddahl had garnered from up-time texts. The Danes were able to disable one ironclad ship, the SSIM Monitor, with the torpedoes. While the Monitor did not sink, it had to be intentionally grounded.

Some of the Danish galleys had been towing floating mines, which were released under cover of the smokescreen. One of these mines destroyed the SSIM Ajax, but that warned Simpson to have the rest of his fleet avoid the area the galleys had passed through.

Afterward, the Battle of Copenhagen devolved into a demonstration of the futility of resisting the USE naval force by reducing Copenhagen Castle's Blue Tower to rubble in a bombardment. The scene was given some gravity by negotiations before and after between Simpson and King Christian IV. The bombardment itself was both hair raising and comic in that the prisoner Eddie Cantrell had been incarcerated in the castle as punishment for misleading Christian during drunken attempts to pump him for information, particularly regarding technologies.

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