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Precise dates of occupation: 9 April 1940 - 5 May 1945.
Al Kirsch, 25 February 2003
by Hugh Watkins, 19 February 1999
The flag is from a photograph August 1941 of Frikorps Danmark Fanevagt (standard bearer flanked by two honor guards) taken at Langenhorne Kaserne (barracks) in Germany.
The first 500 to 600 volunteers, of which about 40% were trained soldiers, met on 19 July 1941 in Copenhagen. They left Denmark by train, marching from Ryevangens Kaserne to Hellerup Station with a German military band behind the dannebrogsfane (which had been purchased by well wishers).
They were sworn in to the Germany army as a unit of the Vaben-SS on 5 August 1941 swearing to loyally fight against bolshevism. On 5 May 1943 Frikorps Danmark was disbanded and reformed the next day as Pansergrenader-regiment Danmark.
The source is "Dansk soldater i kamp på Østfronten 1941 - 1945" in Danish
ISBN 87-7466-246-5 Bogan, (Odense University).
Hugh Watkins, 19 February 1999
by António Martins
by António Martins
Two flags of the Danish National Socialist Party, active before and during
the German occupation in 1940-1945. The main motif seems to be a swastika in the
Danish colors, lacking black when compared with contemporary German flags. Both
flags are apparently square and feature a white swastika in the middle, either
on a red disc set on a white background, or plainly on red background. Shade of
red disputable -- was it like this, or darker?
António Martins, 25 February 2003
Black and white photos of these flags can be found at
Hugh Watkins, 28 January 2004
Additional photos of their flags in use can be seen at
Marcus Wendel, 1 February 2009
by Zach Harden
An article at Yahoo News showed a Danish flag with this flag in the background. The back one, was claimed, to be
the Danish Resistance flag although I am not sure about it.
Zachary Harden, 4 May 2005
It is probably correct. I have a book I bought many years ago at the Museum
of the Resistance in Copenhagen; the photos are in black-and-white, but soldiers
of the resistance, in uniform after the liberation, are wearing armbands that
look very much like the flag you posted. So yes, that is probably the flag -- or
a flag -- of the resistance. How official it was at the time, I don't know.
Albert S. Kirsch, 5 May 2005