I am going to make a short series about the Danish general staff in the Schleswig wars!
So here's the first!
General Christian Julius de Meza was commander-in-chief of the Danish army when war broke out. He was pretty eccentric. Unlike virtually any other high-ranked military officer, he didn't really like wearing uniform and always wore a robe and a Turkish fez. Even when the Prussian Major von Stiehle brought him the declaration of war he was wearing this. And he wasn't exactly the General you should bring in a Winter war as he had a morbid fear of cold air. As a General, however, he was a genius. He was the man behind the retreat at Dannevirke even though he knew there would be clamour in Copenhagen. As a result of saving the army from destruction, he was sacked and succeeded by General Gerlach, who was a jerk.
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