Axtorna Battleground

Ullared, Sweden

The Battle of Axtorna was fought October 20, 1565 at Axtorna, a little village today in Falkenberg. The Danish commander Daniel Rantzau had been forced to yield the fortress Varberghus to the Swedes on September 15, 1565, after they had taken Ny Varberg, then Halland's largest city. Rantzau received the news that a Swedish army of superior strength led by Jacob Henriksson Hästesko was approaching from the east forced him to move his forces toward Falkenberg. Rantzau had decided to commit to combat since the Swedish force had just arrived from its march and hadn't rearranged into a militarily cohesive unit.

The Danes won as a consequence of Rantzau's superior tactics and he became renowned as a great general after the battle. But despite the victory and the capture of the Swedish artillery, the Danish host had incurred great losses while large portions of the Swedish army had not been involved in the battle.

All-year-round, visitors are guided through the battle site with information boards and flags marking the armies starting points.

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Founded: 1565
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Historical period: Early Vasa Era (Sweden)

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