Monday, 30 November 2009

Danish Auxiliary Corps in English service

On 30 September 1689 a treaty was signed between London and Copenhagen. This resulted in the employment of part of the Danish Army in English service. The Danish contingent would consist of three regiments of horse, drawn from the regular Danish cavalry regiments. Furthermore, nine regular Danish infantry regiments would each contribute a battalion.

The Danish Corps arrived in England in November 1689 where it took up quarters. In 1690 the corps proceeded to Ireland. En route to England several transports were captured by French privateers. This resulted in the merger of two battalions later, making a total of eight infantry battalions.

After the Treaty of Limerick the Danish Corps went over to the Flanders theater of operations, and had its share in the battles fought there. This included the Battle of Steenkirk in 1692. In 1697, when the Treaty of Rijswijk was signed, the corps was discarded from English service and returned to Denmark, much depleted.

In following posts the various regiments and battalions will be discussed. The author wants to thank Daniel Schorr of Northern Wars for his help.

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