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This week's date: July 25

On this date in 1850, Danish troops defeated a Schleswig-Holstein Army in Isted to reclaim the area


The Isted Lion was unveiled in Flensburg in 1862 (Photo: Colourbox)

July 25, 2014
07:00

by Jessica Wells


In 1850 on this date, during the First Schleswig War, a battle between Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein took place near Isted.

The battle, which is known as one of the largest in Scandinavian history, saw 40,000 Danes fight some 34,000 Schleswig-Holstein soldiers for twelve hours.

The first part of the battle proved costly for Denmark as their opponents had the advantage of being strategically placed behind a series of bogs and lakes.

It was during these early stages of the battle that many of the Danish Army’s best officers were killed. Despite this though, the Danes carried on fighting and by twelve noon, General Willisen ordered the Schleswig-Holstein Army to retreat.

Even though the Battle of Isted was a decisive Danish victory, they lost 845 soldiers. The Schleswig-Holstein Army lost 534.

To remember those that gave their lives in the monumental battle, the Isted Lion was unveiled in Flensburg in 1862, where it still remains today.