Battle of Als

Battle Of Als

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The Battle of Als (or Alsen) was fought on 29 June 1864 during the Second Schleswig War between Denmark and Prussia. It was the last major engagement of the war, as the Prussians under General Herwarth von Bittenfeld secured Als after a night attack masterminded by the Chief of Staff (later Field Marshal) Leonhard Graf von Blumenthal, thus bringing the Second Schleswig War to a close.

Als was occupied by 9,000 Danish troops including the garrison of Dybbøl which had retreated to Als.

The orders were given for the crossing of the Als Sound to begin in the night of 29 June 1864. At midnight, the troops were gathered for the assault; without packs and wearing the fieldmutz instead of a helmet. The Commander-in-Chief had selected the narrow straight of East Schnabeck as the place to cross that enabled the Storeskov woods to be used to mask preparations from the Danes.2500 Prussian soldiers started crossing the Alssund, between the village Sottrupskov and the Estate Sandbjerg, in small boats. The Danish modern armored warship Rolf Krake was in Augustenborg fjord, and sailed to the Alssund where

it caused the Prussians severe difficulties and stopped the crossing. But after that the Rolf Krake, obeying a misunderstood order, suddenly turned around and sailed away and the Prussian troops were able to continue the crossing. At 2 a.m. the Prussians landed in Arnkil and under a heavy fire took the Danish entrenchments. This enabled them to build a pontoon bridge over the Alssund. Of the...
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