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Town whale.

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Town wall.

During the Thirty Years’ War, Wallenstein laid siege to Stralsund for three months. Before relief came (at a price) from Gustav of Sweden, the town’s walls were defended by a load of battle-hardened Scottish highlanders.

I don’t think there is anything to mark this in the town, but they have replaced a section of the Knieperwall with a large glass tank containing the skeleton of a toothed whale.

Town whale.

I love the Thirty Years’ War. Among the dozens and dozens of intertwined factors and events that resulted in Stralsund under siege, the most immediate one was that it didn’t sign up to the neutrally-named “Capitulation of Franzburg” treaty.


Written by alexconnor

December 15, 2012 at 13:00

Posted in Not really Flanders.

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