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Langnes defense facility

Langnes Skanse was a field fortress in Askim

Langnes Skanse was a field fortress in Askim

The fortress was established in 1813-1814 and is known for the battle at Langnes. The facility had an extensive rampart with trenches and parapets built along a moraine, and a batteryplacement on a hill that’s later been named Betteriåsen/Batteryhill. The trenches at Langnes, that was a part of the defense facility, is long gone, except some weak remains of what once were. Just a few remains are visible a couple of places.

The construction of the defense facility at Langnes, that was placed on both sides of Glomma, was a part og general Sejersteds defense plan, and was built for withholding battle, meaning to keep the enemy from moving forwards into the country.

Langnes Skanse was the scene for the last grand battle between Norwegian and Swedish forces in 1814: The battle at Langnes Skanse. This was also the last time thousands of men from Scandinavian countries faced each other with arms in had in the 1800s. The battle marked the end to the Napoleon wars in Scandinavia, and the start of the union time, where Norway and Sweden were united. 6 Norwegian soldiers lost their lives, while 9 or 10 got wounded. It’s believed that over 100 Swedish soldiers lost their lives in the battles.

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Langnes defense facility

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