Monday, November 11, 2013

Scanian War 1675-1679

Yes indeed one more project are starting up:) This time I have convinced my Danish friend Søren that it was a very good ideea to run a Scanian War project. I hope to manage to lure Jonas and maybe some other club member in to the project to...

King of Sweden, Charles XI, during the battle of Lund in 1676.

Short re-cap of the Scanian War

The Scanian War (Danish: Skånske krig, Swedish: Skånska kriget, German: Schonischer Krieg) was a part of the Northern Wars involving the union of Denmark-Norway, Brandenburg and Sweden. It was fought mainly on Scanian soil, in the former Danish provinces along the border with Sweden and in Northern Germany. While the latter battles are regarded a theater of the Scanian war in English, Danish and Swedish historiography, they are seen as a separate war in German historiography, called the Swedish-Brandenburgian War (German: Schwedisch-Brandenburgischer Krieg).

The war was prompted by the Swedish involvement in the Franco-Dutch War. Sweden had allied with France against several European countries. The United Provinces, under attack by France, sought support from Denmark-Norway. After some hesitation, King Christian V started the invasion of the Scania (Skåneland) in 1675, while the Swedish were occupied with a war against Brandenburg. The invasion of Scania was combined with a simultaneous Norwegian front called the Gyldenløve War, forcing the defending Swedes to fight a two-front war in addition to their entanglements in the Holy Roman Empire.

The Danish objective was to retrieve the Scanian lands that had been ceded to Sweden in the Treaty of Roskilde 1658, after the Northern Wars. Although the Danish offensive was initially a great success, Swedish counter-offensives led by the 19-year-old King Charles XI of Sweden nullified much of the gain.

It was a war with no definite victor; the Swedish navy lost at sea, the Danish army was defeated in Scania by the Swedes, who in turn were defeated in Northern Germany by the Brandenburgers. The war and the hostilities ended when Denmark's ally the United Provinces settled with Sweden's ally France and the Swedish king Charles XI married Danish princess Ulrike Eleonora, sister of Christian V. Peace was made on behalf of France with the treaties of Fontainebleau and Lund (Sweden and Denmark) and Saint Germain (Sweden and Brandenburg), restoring most of the lost territories to Sweden.


Some of the battles:
BUT our project will not focusing on the bigger battles...

All Scandinavian readers already know what I talk about, you that don´t will get more info about it in the next blogpost.



26 comments:

  1. As I've said before, this is a very cool project. I still haven't decided if I should jump into this one, as there's simply too much other stuff I want to do ... But yeah, maybe I'll paint up a smaller unit just for fun! :)

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  2. You are most velcome to join with what ever you feel like, way not some typicle Scaninan terrain? anyway you still must participate in the gaming:)

    by the way I hope that your 15th centery Swedish rebells are prepered to loose tonights game;)

    Best regards Michael

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  3. Neat, should be really interesting to follow.

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    1. I hope it will:) I suspected you would like this project, might we even inspire you to get in to a new project?

      Best regards Michael

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  4. Sounds interesting. What miniatures will you use, TYW models? Or had they started to wear the more frilly types of fashion up in Scandinavia at that time?

    BTW, I'd like to get in some historical gaming in Stockholm if possible.

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    1. I hope it will be intersting and give some good games. Mins will come in further blog post, but some TYW minis will probably seek its way to this project to.

      BTW I have understan that;) Send me a presentation of your self to me at dalauppror@gmail.com and I look in to it, no promise.

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  5. Sounds interesting, I had never heard of this conflict.

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    1. Glad to learn you some new stuff;)

      You might have heard of this conflict by the name "Franco-Dutch War 1672-1678" as the Scanian War was a part of that war.

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  6. Another very interesting project, Michael. Really nice topic.

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  7. A really interesting period. I have been interested in the period ever since I took a day trip from Copenhagen to Lund many years ago- great clock in the Cathedral I recall. I have been tempted by the Acedia press book on the war for years...
    I have an interesting book"Snapphaneboken" by K Arne Blom Jan Moen which I was given years ago.I have always fancied skirmishes in this period too.
    So do tell us about figures and rules next...
    Exciting project indeed!
    Cheers
    Alan

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    1. Greate to heare Alan !

      minis and rules to come..

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  8. You must be insane! One cool project after the other. I'll follow this one closely again.

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    1. Hope it´s in a good way;)

      Glad that you seems to enjoy my Swedish projects!

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  9. Great project!
    I have taken some interest myself on the matter and even went as far as filling my wardrobe with suitable miniatures but never got going for real... It is simply perfect for skirmish action. I think Sharp Practice would be perfect for this.
    I have plenty of litterature if you like to borrow some.
    /Mattias

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    1. Thanks Mattias !

      Sounds like we have to have a wargaming lunch again soon)

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  10. Sounds great, I'll look forward to seeing the figures.What scale and what figures???

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    1. Thank you Ray !

      28mm of course, start to see to bad to paint any 15mm.

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  11. Another conflict I know nothing about. I'm looking forward to learning and all the gorgeous figs!

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    1. Glad to heare that you want to learn some more Swedish history Monty:)

      I hope the minis will be as gorgeous as you expect...

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  12. Sounds interesting Michael. I look forward to learning more!

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  13. I'm ashamed to say that I had not heard of this conflict until I read your post, but it looks fascinating.

    I had no idea that there were so many wars raging in Northern Europe in the second half of the 17th Century; we all know about the Thirty Years' War, but we never get taught about anything like this in school in the English-speaking world.

    Now I want to know more, thanks for the post!

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    1. Glad to be able to enlighten about some Nothern Wars. Not much books in english that I know of about this period.

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  14. This sound good, really looking forward to this one! Just tell me if you guys need any Warlord games TYW/ECW miniatures, I have tons of them collecting dust on sprues going for cheap if you need them. Another promising project, I have been enjoying the Inter-war project very much!

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    1. Thanks for the offer,but I don´t expect us to use much TYW minis in this project.

      Glad that you liked our Inter-war project I hope this one will be as entertaining.

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