Remembering the April 9, 1940 invasion of Denmark by Nazi Germany

Recalling the events of 80 years ago when German forces occupied Denmark

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07/04/20 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Wwii

Eighty years ago on April 9, 1940, neutral Denmark was invaded by the Nazis on orders from Adolf Hitler. In just a few hours, the German Army had overwhelmed Denmark's army and navy, and destroyed its air corps.

The occupation lasted five years, during which civilian life and most Danish institutions continued to function relatively normally. But it was an uneasy relationship between a democratic and a totalitarian system, and towards the end of the war an effective resistance movement had been established, and most Danish Jews were rescued in dramatic fashion in 1943. The country was finally liberated in May 1945.

Click through the following gallery for a remarkable look back at that fateful day, April 9, and the series of events that followed.

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