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25. September 1066

Slaget ved Stamford Bridge fant sted ved landsbyen Stamford Bridge i East Riding of Yorkshire i England.... Read more ...


24. September 1869

Sammenligning mellom Larsen, Krag og Remington M-1867

25. September 1066

Slaget ved Stamford Bridge
Slaget ved Stamford Bridge fant sted ved landsbyen Stamford Bridge i East Riding of Yorkshire i England. Slaget sto mellom en angelsaksisk hær ledet av kong Harold Godwinson og en invasjonshær under ledelse av den norske kong Harald Hardråde og den angelsaksiske kongens bror Toste Godwinson. Slaget endte med at både Hardråde og Toste ble drept, sammen med store deler av den norske styrken. Kong Harolds seier var imidlertid kortvarig, da han ble selv beseiret og drept av normannerne i slaget ved Hastings mindre enn tre uker senere.

Datoen for slaget, 25. september 1066, er i henhold til den julianske kalenderen som var i bruk i middelalderen. Etter vår tids gregorianske kalender ville slaget ha falt på den 1. oktober 1066. Slaget fant altså sted noe senere på høsten enn datoen 25. september gir inntrykk av.

24. September 1869

Sammenligning mellom Larsen, Krag og Remington M-1867
Armekommandoen satte ned en kommisjon for å sammenligne Remington-geværet med nye våpen fra Hans Larsen og Ole Krag. Ti Larsen-geværer og fem Krag-geværer var laget av Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk etter pålegg fra de militære myndigeter I løpet av sommeren 1869. Kommisjonens rapport som ble klar i 1871 konkluderte med at Remington-geværet hadde best presisjon.



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