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Post Danish Resistance to the Nazi Invasion, 1940
Created by John Eipper on 02/08/21 3:18 AM

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Danish Resistance to the Nazi Invasion, 1940 (Holger Terp, Denmark, 02/08/21 3:18 am)

Eugenio Battaglia (February 7th) wrote that the Danish during WWII let the Germans occupy their country without firing a shot.

This is not true, as Danish soldiers died on April 9, 1940. In the four hours the invasion lasted, 16 Danish soldiers died. The German losses are not known.

https://www.sa.dk/da/web-exhibition/9-april-1940-invasionen/

Danes who died or were wounded in battle on April 9, 1940:

https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danskere_som_d%C3%B8de_eller_blev_s%C3%A5ret_i_kamp_9._april_1940

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_invasion_of_Denmark_(1940)

JE comments:  The Wikipedia account (third link) claims that German Admiral Canaris warned the Danes of the imminent invasion some five days earlier, but the Danish authorities did nothing in order not to "provoke" the Germans.  The Danish resistance on April 9th was anecdotal and scattered.  In brutal practical terms, they may have made the right choice:  the Danes probably experienced the most "benign" occupation of any of the European nations under the German yoke.

Holger, nice to hear from you!  When time permits, please give us an update on the Danish Peace Academy.


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