Sweden called off the siege of Fredriksten in Norway after the death of their king Charles XII. In the Autumn of 1718 Charles had once more attacked Norway, intending to first capture Halden to be able to sustain a siege of Akershus. By first taking... Read more ...
Sweden called off the siege of Fredriksten
Sweden called off the siege of Fredriksten in Norway after the death of their king Charles XII. In the Autumn of 1718 Charles had once more attacked Norway, intending to first capture Halden to be able to sustain a siege of Akershus. By first taking the border areas, Charles wished to avoid a repeat of the fiasco he had suffered two years before. The 1,400 strong garrison of Frederiksten fought ferociously to hold back the invasion, but suffered a severe setback when, on 8 December the forward fortification Fort Gyldenløve fell.
Encouraged by their very hard-fought success the Swedish army intensified their efforts against the main fort. The Swedish trenches had almost reached the main fortification walls when on the evening of 11 December (Swedish calendar: 30 November) 1718, a bullet struck and killed Charles XII while he inspected the work. The death of the king effectively ended the attack on Fredriksten and the invasion was called off on this day in 1718, leading to the conclusion of the war.
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The flint and percussion locks are the most commonly used ignition systems used in today\'s black powder firearms. Other systems, such as matchlock, snaphaunce and wheellock are also used, but in more limited quantities. This article gives you a brief overview of the different systems.
Published: 15. November 2008 by Øyvind Flatnes.
The drawing below shows an exploded view of a Danish-Norwegian military flintlock. Note that he translation of this article is not quite finished.
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You can read more about the development of the matchlock, wheellock, flintlock and percussion lock and their practical use in the brand new book From Musket to Metallic Cartridge: A Practical History of Black Powder Firearms.
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1. Cock screw
33. Tumbler hook of mainspring
35. Lower limb of mainspring
37. Upper limb of mainspring
38. Cup of tumbler
40. Gjengehull for slagfjærskrue
41. Gjengehull for fengpanneskrue
42. Gjengehull for stangfjærskrue
43. Gjengehull for stangskrue
44. Forsterkningsknast for gjengehull
45. Firkanttapp for hane