The Battle of Anholt (25–27 March 1811) occurred during the Gunboat War, a war between the United Kingdom and Denmark-Norway.
It was an attempt by the Danes to recapture Anholt, a small Danish island off the coast of Jutland, which the British had captured in 1809.
The British took immediate possession of the island.Hollis, in his report, stated that Anholt was important in that it could furnish supplies of water to His Majesty's fleet, and afford a good anchorage to merchant vessels sailing to and from the Baltic.Together they captured the island.s marines, landed.The Danish garrison of 170 men put up a sharp but ineffectual resistance that killed one British marine and wounded two; the garrison then surrendered.In August 1810 Anholt became a stone frigate, and was notionally classified as a 50-gun ship.
Although the island garrison consisted of Royal Marines, it was a ship in the eyes of the Admiralty, and the officer commanding the Marines, Captain Torrens This arrangement reflected the inequality of status between Royal Navy officers, and Royal Marine counterparts.
The Danish army had a larger fighting force than the British, but a lack of planning and supply failures led to a devastating defeat and many Danish casualties.
After the battle, the British occupation of Anholt continued until the peace treaty in 1814.
The Danish soldiers, without supplies, became thirsty and tired.
The batteries at Fort Yorke (the British base) and Massareenes stopped the assault.
The Danes launched a final attack on Fort York at 10 in the evening, led by a Major Melsted.