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The Battle of Dybbol, 1864. Prussian troops lay siege to an outpost in the far south of Denmark. The conflict is over control of the Duchy of Schleswig, recently annexed by Denmark to the alarm of its largely German-speaking inhabitants. Danish troops make a valiant attempt to hold out but are overrun by the might of the Prussian onslaught. Of little strategic importance,The Battle of Dybbol, 1864. Prussian troops lay siege to an outpost in the far south of Denmark. The conflict is over control of the Duchy of Schleswig, recently annexed by Denmark to the alarm of its largely German-speaking inhabitants. Danish troops make a valiant attempt to hold out but are overrun by the might of the Prussian onslaught. Of little strategic importance, the struggle for Schleswig foreshadowed the same forces that, fifty years later, would tear Europe apart. Prussia's victory would not only rejuvenate its nascent militarism, but help it claim leadership of the new German Empire. Told in rich detail through first-hand accounts, Tom Buk-Swienty's magisterial account of the Schleswig conflict tells the story of this pivotal war. 1864 shows how a minor regional conflict foreshadowed the course of diplomacy that led to the First World War and brutally presaged the industrialised future of warfare. But most of all, in its human detail, from touching letters between husbands and wives to heartbreaking individual stories of loss, 1864 is a gripping, epic human drama that shows the effect all wars have on the soldiers, on families and on the individual men and women who must live its realities....

Title : Slagtebænk Dybbøl
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ISBN : 9788702077568
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 401 Pages
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Slagtebænk Dybbøl Reviews

  • Calzean
    2019-03-15 10:01

    The TV series provides a dramatisation of the events of the Second Schleswig War. The book is a very detailed history which delves into European politics, the start of the Red Cross, medical practices of the time as well as the actual battles.It is the telling of a classical butterfly effect - the mental problems of the Danish PM causes the war which causes Germany to form which causes......The author uses a lot of diaries and letters from soldiers and officers from both sides. It is obvious the poor soldier just wanted to go home and few felt their death would help themselves or their families.I did not feel the format of the book was necessary, with Part I seemingly repeated throughout the rest of the book.

  • Jo
    2019-03-04 06:17

    I had never heard of the Danish-Prussian war until I came across this book in the library. This centres around the 1864 Battle of Dybbol and is drawn from eyewitness accounts and letters of the soldiers and their families. In some ways, it's beautiful because you get to hear the true story from the people who were there. It's also brutal and chilling in the way that war is. I'm no looking forward to seeing the tv show that is based on this history book.

  • Birgitte Bach
    2019-03-20 11:04

    Fantastisk god og detaljeret historietime. Desværre kunne jeg bare ikke vænne mig til de forskellige stemmer, som oplæseren udstyrede personerne i bogen med og det trækker ned i min bedømmelse af oplevelsen af bogen.

  • Anna
    2019-02-27 12:01

    Meget læsevenlig historieformidling, både spændende, barsk og uhyggelig.

  • Christina
    2019-03-11 03:58

    Velskrevet og grundig.

  • Sean McLachlan
    2019-03-12 10:03

    I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I've always been interested in the Dano-Prussian War, also known as the Second Schleswig War. In 1864, Prussia and Austria went to war against Denmark over control of the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. The war led to Denmark losing the duchies and made Otto von Bismark's career, giving him the political clout invade France in 1870 and then unifying Germany.So it's an important war, and this book is a popular-level but detailed look at the political situation as well as the war's main battle.Unfortunately, it misses the mark. The text is rather disorganized, jumping around from one subject to another and it appears to be the victim of bad translation. In a couple of spots the actions of the Danes and Prussians are switched. Also, there are proper names in the captions that are spelled differently than they are in the text. I'm thinking that this isn't the fault of the author, who is obviously familiar with his subject, but rather that the fault lies with the translator or copyeditor.Other problems abound. There is no good operational map, many photos are reproduced at such a small size that they are difficult to see, and the author assumes knowledge that may be obvious to his original Danish audience, but not to outsiders.The fact that this got glowing reviews in Danish tells me this is a good book badly mishandled by its English language publishers. That's a shame. Here's hoping that a second edition will come out that will correct these errors.

  • Fiona
    2019-03-07 11:00

    You can read my review over on my blog, The Book Group if you want to find out why I gave it 5 stars.

  • Insidebooks
    2019-02-25 06:02

    I think you really had to see the TV series to be drawn to this. It is a great addition to the drama because it provides the historical and military details that add much more depth

  • SVRosenmeier
    2019-03-17 09:00

    Great book about the war in 1864 war in Denmark. It gives a nive perspective and an overview of what and why things happened. It is written as a kind of story which makes it very easy to keep up with.

  • Gareth
    2019-03-27 04:13

    I know little about Denmark. I have passed through Copenhagen airport on a number of occasions. I have tried to understand its geography but that gives me a headache. I'm aware that the Brits bombarded Copenhagen during the Napoleonic wars. I'm vaguely aware of Schleswig-Holstein as lying at the Danish-German border, but that's about it. And as for the Schleswig-Holstein Wars..... ! I downloaded 1864 on the basis of some good reviews but, because of my ignorance of this history, put off reading what seemed a daunting and rather arcane topic. I'm glad I changed my mind. For me this is compelling history-telling. The story is of the utterly brutal Second Schleswig-Holstein War, told from the perspectives of both the Prussian aggressors and the Danish defenders, from the level of grand strategy to the stories of individual soldiers, their families, journalists, early Red Cross representatives, politicians, civilians, etc. The lead up to the war is described, together with the war's progress. The battles themselves are told in graphic detail - trench warfare (and I thought this was just a WW1 phenomenon), fearsome bombardments, troops charging into nomansland in the face of a hail of bullets, hand to hand fighting, it's all there, as are descriptions of the appalling injuries suffered. It is grim reading in places but the author casts this in the context of various named individual soldiers through their thoughts as told through letters, their actions and fate, making it a very human story.The book also describes the astonishing attitudes of the politicians and generals behind the war. The Danes appear to have brought the entire sorry affair down on their own heads by defying international agreement (the London Protocol) and integrating the duchy of Schleswig into the state of Denmark. Despite international (including Prussian) appeals to reverse this decision, the Danish government, led by the bipolar Prime Minister Monrad, refused to budge, thereby prompting Prussian intervention. The astute Bismark saw the opportunity of a military success as boosting Prussia's international standing and so the scene was set. Denmark's already heavily outnumbered and poorly equipped army was further emasculated by political interference. The Prussian army's aggression was amplified by the desire for blood......... "Berlin was growing more and more impatient. Bismark and his generals wanted their blood and they wanted it now. Prussia's rôle as a great European power hung in the balance. And as Prince Friedrich Karl knew only too well, his reputation was as much at risk as Prussia's....... If Berlin wanted a sea of blood then that is what he would give them." Prussia's victory in Denmark subsequently led to the defeat of Austria and the unification of the German states into a single country.I have some minor issues with book. I found it difficult to grasp the war's context to start with, and I would recommend that anyone starting the book with no background knowledge should arm themselves with at least a brief overview. I read the electronic version and found the illustrations difficult to follow, a shame as a sense of geography would be very helpful, especially for a complicated country like Denmark. Maybe the paper copy is better. These quibbles aside, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting insight into European history.

  • Ian
    2019-03-02 11:06

    1864 - and whilst blood ran in rivers across the United States, a now largely forgotten war took place in north-west Europe. Pitching little Denmark against the then Great Powers of Prussia and Austria, and usually referred to as The Second Schleswig War, it is also sometimes known as The First War of German Unification. It is that which provides the basis for the claim made on the book's cover.This is one of those war histories that tries to tell the story from the perspective of the ordinary soldier, through surviving letters and diaries, and it does a good job too, the testimony of the Danish troops being particularly harrowing. I notice that the Danish language edition is called "Slagtebænk Dybbøl", which I am guessing translates as something like "Battle of Dybbøl" or "Slaughter at Dybbøl"? The book does mainly concentrate on this one battle, which seems to have been the crucial clash of the war. There is however coverage of the lead up to the outbreak of war, the events up to the battle itself and the diplomatic aftermath. The main feature of all three stages seems to have been an almost unbelievable degree of recklessness and incompetence on the part of Denmark's ruling politicians, apparently egged on by ill-informed public opinion. Their bad judgments provoked an unnecessary war and engineered a heavy defeat, which they followed up with a diplomatic disaster.The author argues, with some justification I think, that The Second Schleswig War restored Prussian military confidence after humiliations suffered in the Napoleonic era, and the frustrations of the First Schleswig War. Two years later the Prussians astonished Europe by trouncing mighty Austria, and four years after that Europe's collective jaw dropped again when a Prussian led German alliance crushed France, an event that led directly to the proclamation of a united Germany. For Denmark the impact was of course very different. The author argues that the country, which lost a third of its territory, was left with an acute sense of vulnerability in relation to its giant southern neighbour, which may well have contributed to the decision not to resist the Nazi invasion of 1940. A well written history book for the general reader.

  • Chris Steeden
    2019-03-09 10:21

    'The catalyst that set in motion the string of events leading to the war of 1864 was the signing into law of the November Constitution of 1863.' states the author Tom Buk-Swienty. The issue was two duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. They had been under the rule of the Danish king, but had not been subject to the Danish constitution which made policy-making difficult. The new constitution stipulated the incorporation of Schleswig into the kingdom, subjecting it to the Danish constitution, and the secession of Holstein. Schleswig was historically Danish territory, while Holstein was not only historically German territory but also a member of the German Confederation.This all made sense to the Danish cabinet but actually half of Schleswig were German speakers and the new constitution violated an international agreement, the 1852 London Protocol, signed by Great Britain, Russia, France and Prussia, as well as Denmark and Sweden. The duchies of Schleswig and Holstein were subject to the authority of the Danish king, albeit in his capacity as the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein rather than as the monarch of Denmark.At this time Germany was made up of 39 states and not yet unified. The largest of these were Prussia and Austria. Otto von Bismarck was the Prussian minister-president. Bismarck and King Wilhem I were dependent on winning a decisive battle at Dybbol as a defeat would crush their plans to unify all German states under Prussian rule. There had been a first Schleswig war 15 years earlier where a majority of the population wished to break its ties with the Danish monarchy in favour of forming closer ties to Holstein so in March 1848 separatists declared Schleswig and Holstein independent from Denmark. The Danes won this war but only with the intervention of Russia and Great Britain.There was no help from Russia and Britain in the second Schleswig war where Denmark this time were the aggressors rather then the victim.I have read a few battle books and I find all the troop movements rather confusing but not with this book as we look at it from different angles and different peoples perspectives.

  • Anja
    2019-03-08 08:58

    Slagtebænk Dybbøl, som de danske soldater selv kaldte slagmarken de skulle forsvare den 18. april 1864, handler selvfølgelig om selve det blodige slag mellem Danmark og de to tyske stormagter Prøjsen og Østrig, hvor de kæmper om storhertugdømmerne Slesvig, Holsten og Lauenborg, men også om starten på Røde Kors, den uduelighed der herskede blandt de danske politikere og om forgangne slag - der giver en dyrbar forståelse for dette tabte slag. Tom Buk-Swienty har skrevet en dokumentarisk beretning, oplagsværk vil jeg kalde det, hvori han medtager breve fra soldater og politikere, telegrammer, sygejournaler mv., selve forhistorien og hele det politiske spil op til slaget og ikke mindst efter slaget, hvor de uforberedte danske politikere gentog - eller fortsatte - deres inkompetence, som afstedførte endnu et slag ved Als den 29. juni 1864. Det er en medrivende beretning som giver læseren en rigtig god forståelse for det skete. Sproget er let forståeligt og beretningen er ikke for lang. Et godt oplagsværk. Man får lyst til at læse mere af forfatteren, især spøger Kaptajn Dinesen (som i øvrigt var med i ovenstående slag) for undertegnede.

  • Shane Kiely
    2019-03-20 10:25

    I bought this book because it inspired the Danish tv series 1864, which after reading this book turns out to have been surprisingly accurate (though admittedly noone in the actual Danish army was able to do Jedi mind tricks or cure TB by punching a hole in a chest). Essentially this book is a detailed account of the decisive Battle of Dybbol during the 2nd Schleswig war between Denmark & the combined forces of the German Confederation. It's a borderline exhaustive account of the battle & the historical background of the lead up to the war itself. It's also a good insight into the viewpoints of the men who fought the battle with extensive use of first hand accounts (apparently war is literally shitty). There's some weird writing quirks where the author sort of address the audience directly (I'm not explaining that well, but you'd know it when you read it) which grate a little. Overall it's a solid piece of non fiction about an obscure (at least in my experience) event.

  • Boulder Boulderson
    2019-03-10 08:26

    This is a period of history that I, like most English people, have never studied and have no idea about. I found it really interesting to look at a unknown period.The first third of the book is very confused, as it jumps in right at the day before the climactic battle. However it then goes back to cover the war from reasons to conclusions. It does assume a bit of knowledge already - it was originally written for a Danish audience of course so that does make sense.The translation is solid; a couple of time there was a weird slip into present tense which I assumed was due to mistranslation but having read the afterword, it seems that is just something Danish history feels free to do, though English and American historians wouldn't.Well worth a read if you're at all interested in 19th Century European history. Or indeed any history.

  • Gareth Evans
    2019-03-01 06:23

    This appears to be written in the tradition of modern, popular histories, with the introduction of characters and their letters. However, it all falls apart a bit quickly as our carefully introduced characters get killed or located in the wrong places. Not the author's fault I guess. The other niggle is that my edition has a number of relatively easy-to-spot errors (okay 1964 for 1864 is a gimme, but there others) and this takes away from the perceived veracity of the work. It's possible that the book is also overly simplistic. Nevertheless, it is an interesting and quick read and certainly adds to my knowledge of 19th century European politics in a clear and easy to understand way. I would certainly recommend it, but not without equivocations.

  • Maurice Conchis
    2019-03-09 12:14

    Nu har jeg været med til slaget om Dybbøl. Og det er bogens rigtige fortjeneste, at den tager dig med, svævende over vandende, ned i skyttegraven og bag beslutningstagerenes borde. Imponerende research og dækket helt ind fra alle kanter. Til tider springer den meget, nævner mange navne og gentager sig selv meget - med folk der får revet kæber af og dør alle steder. Det må også have været svært at skære fra efter al læsningen, men det havde i mine øjne klædt bogen med en mindre slankekur, og måske en mere konstant fokusering på færre personer. Meget glad for bekendtskabet - især general Christian Julius Frederik de Meza med hans slåbro, fez og kuldeangst.

  • Stuart Jordan
    2019-03-22 06:16

    This visceral account of a little known conflict is everything you could want from a non-fiction historical book, retelling the events through the letters and diaries of those who took part.Although the author is Danish there is no bias in the writing, drawing from both Danish and Prussian sources, as well as foreign volunteers, war correspondents and Red Cross observers.I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the warfare and politics of the 19th Century and beyond into the early 20th Century, as this conflict certainly paved the way to Germany's dominance of Europe and the First World War.

  • Ole Phillip
    2019-03-17 06:16

    Who needs fiction when history can be told in such a spellbinding, fast paced way? I read this and the follow up over my summer holidays, weather was just great for sitting in the garden re-visiting the war that completely changed Denmark's history and outlook. It is better than most fiction thrillers, I loved the way it is constructed, I appreciate the way old letters and diaries get "a voice" to counter the official version we all were taught at school. Excellent stuff and I have already lined up a few more books by the same author for my next holiday....

  • Sidsel Pedersen
    2019-03-17 08:14

    I think the interest level of this historical book was very very varied. Some chapters had me totally captured, while others bore me to enough to skip them. At the end it was very emotional and I accentually didn't want to read the last 50 pages before going to bed because it was so grim. And there were passages I skipped because they were to graphic. Some chapters had a great deal of interesting historical materials - such as heart crossing letters from and to the soldiers. Other chapters - like the part of the book that talked about the political back story bore me to skip them.

  • Nicki
    2019-03-01 04:18

    A very interesting read regarding the gruesome war between Prussia and Denmark. The descriptions were very graphic. The only downside was I felt the structure of the book was unusual and in some areas of the book the English translation was a bit strange. It was interesting to read a subject that I've no knowledge about even though I had to Google the place names to get an idea of where places were.

  • Brian Haines
    2019-03-08 10:03

    Watched the series on bbc2 and loved it. Knew nothing about this conflict even though I am a history graduate. I only knew about the Franco-Prussian war of the 1870s. Can't wait to delve into this book.

  • Jacob Thomsen
    2019-03-11 12:07

    Den virker velresearchede og dokumenteret, men jeg synes jeg mangle Nogle detaljer ,der ikke så meget teknisk mht til Våben etc. Hvis der er skrevet 3000 bøger mm om krigen synes jeg godt man kunne gå lidt dybere ned, det virker nogle gange meget overfladisk. Ud over det, spændene læsning

  • Paulo Girão
    2019-03-01 07:23

    Norwegian version (360 pages). Reminds me a bit of "Poltava" from Peter Englund. A battles detailed description from both the german and the dansih point-of-view. Interesting for some people, but I can understand that some readers would find it too bloody.

  • Lynette Twaddle
    2019-03-06 08:01

    A subject I had only really ever learned about in school, but this book shows the whole struggle in sympathetic and unbiased detail. An excellent read.

  • Ralyn Longs
    2019-03-08 11:02

    Interesting topic, and the author manages to avoid being dry... but with the big drawback that this book is very poorly structured. Would not recommend.

  • Jens Hansen
    2019-03-14 08:27

    Hvis man kender den ældre litteratur om emnet, så er denne bog bare et opkog, og derfor smager den også som en genopvarmet middag.

  • Alistair
    2019-03-17 07:28

    At least I now know where Schleswig is.

  • Tony
    2019-03-07 07:02

    Interesting because it accompanies the Danish TV series currently airing.

  • Thea Juhl Thorup
    2019-03-19 10:09

    Jeg kan godt lide den. Den er velskrevet og researchet grundigt. Der kunne måske være lidt flere illustrationer men ellers nyder jeg den. Og jeg bryder mig normalt ikke om noget med krig..