Capture of Älvsborg

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Capture of Älvsborg
Part of Northern Seven Years' War
Date 1563
Location Älvsborg
Result Danish–Lübeck victory
Belligerents
 Sweden  Denmark
Strength
Sweden Unknown Denmark 25,000

Background[edit]

On 13 August 1563, war was declared by emissaries from Denmark and Lübeck in Stockholm.

The Capture[edit]

That month, Danish king Fredrik II attacked Älvsborg. At the beginning of the war the Danes advanced from Halland with a 25,000-strong army of professional mercenaries and captured Sweden's gateway to the west, Älvsborg Fortress, after only three days of bombardment and a six-hour assault, on 4 September.