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Norway to ‘fight’ Sweden again. UPDATED: The 1814 battles between Norway and Sweden are being recreated as part of the celebrations marking this year’s Norwegian Constitution bicentennial. Organisers from the military history voluntary association the Norwegian Napoleonic Alliance hope that hundreds of volunteers will take part in the events in August. Opening fire with a three-pound cannonBy kind permission of Norw. Napoleon AllianceSome Norwegian military soldiers and ordinary civilians will be ‘fighting’ two battles in eastern Norway: one at Fredriksten festning (‘fortress’) in Østfold County’s Halden, the other at Lier Skanse (‘entrenchment’), south of Kongsvinger in the county of Hedmark, reports NRK.

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Norway to ‘fight’ Sweden again

Published on Tuesday, 21st January, 2014 at 13:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 21st January 2014 at 23:58.

UPDATED: The 1814 battles between Norway and Sweden are being recreated as part of the celebrations marking this year’s Norwegian Constitution bicentennial.

Fredriksten Fortress and view of Halden
A re-enactment of one of 1814's Norway-Sweden battles will take place here.Fredriksten Fortress and view of Halden
Photo: Ulf Larsen/Wikimedia Commons


Organisers from the military history voluntary association the Norwegian Napoleonic Alliance hope that hundreds of volunteers will take part in the events in August.

Opening fire with a three-pound cannon
Opening fire with a three-pound cannon
By kind permission of Norw. Napoleon Alliance
Some Norwegian military soldiers and ordinary civilians will be ‘fighting’ two battles in eastern Norway: one at Fredriksten festning (‘fortress’) in Østfold County’s Halden, the other at Lier Skanse (‘entrenchment’), south of Kongsvinger in the county of Hedmark, reports NRK.

“The Swedes are putting a battalion together,” the Alliance’s Esten Grafsrønningen tells The Foreigner. “But they are really re-enactment units. People in them come from all walks of life. They can be dentists, doctors, or car mechanics by profession and trade.”

Mr Grafsrønning also says he has invited what was the 68th (Durham) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry) unit, formed in 1758.

The Rifles, an infantry regiment in the British Army formed in 2007, continues the 68th’s lineage today. Personnel have not answered his invitation to date.

Company of soldiers
Company of soldiers
By kind permission of Norw. Napoleon Alliance
August’s events are far from the first time the Norwegian Napoleonic Alliance has re-enacted famous battles.

One was the bicentenary of 1808’s the Battle of Trangen between Norwegian and Swedish forces some 50 kilometres north of Kongsvinger.

This battle took place during the 1808-1809 Dano-Swedish War. Norway was in a union with Denmark at the time, and had been since in 1380.

“We live the culture and fight the way they did 200 years ago,” Esten Grafsrønningen concludes.

Facts

Fredriksten Festning

  • Constructed in the 17th Century by Denmark-Norway to replace the Bohus border fortress.
  • Named after King Fredrik III (1609-1670) of Denmark and Norway.
  • Bombarded in 1814, but not captured.
  • A detachment of King Charles XIV of Sweden’s army left behind to try and force surrender. Norway commander held ground.
  • Turned over to Sweden after the Convention of Moss ceasefire agreement between the Norwegian government and the Swedish King agreement was signed on 14th August 14 that year.
  • Swedish forces took the fortress flag of 1814, returning it to Norway in 1964.Cannons ready for firing
    Cannons ready for firing
    By kind permission of Norw. Napoleon Alliance

(Source: Wikipedia)            

Lier skanse:

  • A defence along the road from Sweden through Eidskog (municipality in Hedmark County) to Kongsvinger.
  • Established in 1808.
  • Two battles fought there between Norwegian and Swedish forces between 1807 and 1814.
  • Sweden won the first (18th August 1808), Norway the second (2nd August 1814).
  • Colonel Samuel Andreas Krebs excelled here in his last battle.
  • A stone monument in memory of these battles is located on national road (riksvei) 2 south of Kongsvinger.

(Sources: Norway’s encyclopaedia Store Norske Leksikon (SNL), and Wikipedia).




Published on Tuesday, 21st January, 2014 at 13:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 21st January 2014 at 23:58.

This post has the following tags: norwayconstitution, 17thmay, warwithsweden.





  
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