9 of April, a day where all flags in Denmark fly at half mast and have been doing so since the Second World War to mark the day when Nazi Germany occupied Denmark.
The action that was taken to stop the germans was not very strong, few skirmishes near the boarder and some fights near the royal palace where the royal lifeguard did a bold but short resistance. The germans had promised to bomb Copenhagen, the danish capital, if the army and government refused to co-operate. A country with a size as small as ours and with no allies or a landscape that is easy to defend there where nothing to do but to surrender, but before doing so the Navy sunk all their ships so that they couldn’t be used by the enemy.
The following years with german occupation was relative quit compared to other countries occupied, but one german officer wrote in his memoirs that of all the places he had visited occupied he had never met a people where the hatred towards them felt stronger then from the danes.
Sadly not very few young danes choosed to fight for the nazi regime, most of them ended up in SS Wiking fighting on the Eastern front. More proud are we when talking about the resistance that grew in size for every year, and not to forget all the people that took big risks to help danish jews escape the SS.