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Arrays of Co and Ni nanowires of different lengths have been prepared by electrodeposition into nanopores of alumina membranes. The dependence of the coercivity of the arrays as a function of temperature and measurement angle of the nanowires has been measured. A simple model is presented in order to explain the behavior of the magnetic properties as a function of the angle of measurement. The analytical calculations show that while for Ni nanowires demagnetization reversal in the array is driven by means of the nucleation and propagation of a transverse wall, in Co arrays the reversal mode changes from curling to coherent when the angle of measurements changes.