huge amount of money was spend on the military. Both the army and the
navy became much more powerful, than they had been before 1660.
Christian 5th maintained even in time of peace a recruited
army of 20.000 - 30.000 men (mostly Germans).
To raise some of the money spent on military, both Christian 5th
and Frederik 4th hired out more of the recruited regiments
for foreign warfare.
In Norway were no recruited troops, but from the time of Christian 4th
a national armed force under Norwegan leaders was established.
Christian 5th also established a Danish militia under
Norwegian leaders, but had to dissolve it again because of the miserable
Frederik 4th again established a Danish militia (1701), which
asserted itself in the Swedish war 1709 - 20. The language of command in
the recruited army as well as in the Norwegan and Danish militia was
German. The navy was reestablished by Kort Adeler (Norwegan, famous from
Dutch and Venicean service), and the Danish nobleman Niels Juel, who as
its leader won the famous victories in the Skånske ( a part of Sweden)
The language of command in the navy was Danish, its crew consisted of
Danish and Norwegan sailors. Among the officers was until the Skånske
war found many Dutchmen, but after that their numbers dropped, and
gradually it was almost only Danes and Norwegians, who commanded the
In number of boats it was quite smaller than the Swedish, but it was
superior to this because of the skills of the crews.