Capture of Älvsborg

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


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.