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Soviet troops in Denmark

9 May 1945, another event took place, which, against the background of Germany’s surrender, is now barely remembered even in Russia, and very rarely remembered in Denmark. This is a Soviet landing on the Danish island of Bornholm, which at that time was occupied by the Nazis. It is noteworthy that, unlike the liberation of the Norwegian Kirkenes, there is a regime of voluntary silence about what happened on Danish soil. Nevertheless, there are quite a lot of photo testimonies about what happened in those May days. True to find them hard enough and you have to use mostly Danish resources.

Soviet troops in Denmark

On the island, the Nazis held a strategically important base. The island's garrison totaled 12 troops. A radar station and a port functioned. The Germans did not respond to the proposal to surrender under adequate conditions, since the commandant of Bornholm Gerhard von Kamtz had the order to surrender only to the British. May 000-7, Soviet aviation dealt a blow to the island, as a result of which not only military facilities were destroyed, but also part of residential buildings. Leaflets were also dropped.

In fact, the island was occupied by the Soviet landing company 9 in May, which, without any particular problems from the many times superior enemy, occupied all the key objects on the island until the main forces of the 132 rifle corps arrived. Several minor skirmishes occurred on the island itself and adjacent waters. German soldiers in the status of prisoners of war were taken out to the USSR, while Bornholm itself was under Soviet control until April 1946, after which the troops were withdrawn by agreement between the Danish and Soviet governments.

During the storming of the island, 30 Soviet soldiers died, in whose memory a modest monument was erected. In general, the Soviet presence is a prominent element in the poor stories these places.

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  1. Klos
    Klos April 29 2016 05: 54
    It should be more careful with the dates, however ...
    1. DrVintorez
      DrVintorez April 29 2016 06: 52
      The typo is certainly powerful. But the fact is interesting, thanks!
      1. Ermak
        Ermak April 29 2016 07: 20
        Glory to the Russian heroes! I will repeat with respect and pride!
        1. Kibalchish
          April 29 2016 12: 02
          Sorry for the typo. I try to read texts twice, but sometimes it still slips. You can take a minus!
          1. DrVintorez
            DrVintorez April 29 2016 12: 22
            Quote: Kibalchish
            You can minus

            yeah, what kind of nonsense =) they still understood that this was a banal oopyatkap. and so it turned out fun-intrigue! the Nazis on the Danish island in the 54th year!
            1. moskowit
              moskowit April 30 2016 12: 06
              Where's the typo? Corrected however ... But the photo essay is very interesting!
          2. Klos
            Klos April 29 2016 21: 06
            No one is immune from mistakes in the form of slips :-)
          3. moskowit
            moskowit April 30 2016 12: 45
            Why so radical? Directly minus. I am sure that for many the information is primary.
    2. sherp2015
      sherp2015 April 29 2016 12: 47
      Quote: Klos
      It should be more careful with the dates, however ...

      )) It happens, it's okay;

      Quote: DrVintorez
      The typo is certainly powerful. But the fact is interesting, thanks!

      But the photos are cool!
  2. aszzz888
    aszzz888 April 29 2016 07: 15
    May 9, 1954

    Presumably a technical typo.
    And the photos are interesting, rare.
    1. Gorinich
      Gorinich April 29 2016 10: 26
      A typo is a trifle, thanks to the author for the material. I never knew that ours were in Danish territory.
  3. cdznjckfd
    cdznjckfd April 29 2016 07: 45
    A typo, of course, but how intriguing! ;-)))
    1. DrVintorez
      DrVintorez April 29 2016 08: 28
      In! Exactly! I also saw the identity stunned at first :-) this is such a super tricky move by the author ;-) I’m joking, of course.
  4. parusnik
    parusnik April 29 2016 08: 07
    Regarding what happened on Danish soil, a regime of voluntary silence is maintained. .. Interestingly, this date is November 25, 1941, remember? On this day, Denmark joined the Anti-Comintern Pact .. That is. essentially became an ally of Nazi Germany .. And the Danish volunteer corps stamped our land ... Thank you, the photos are very interesting ..
    1. Lekov L
      Lekov L April 29 2016 09: 22
      But remember, apparently well, that
      were destroyed not only military facilities, but also part of residential buildings

      and what you wrote you have safely forgotten.
      It is generally very modern European.
  5. Samoyed
    Samoyed April 29 2016 10: 58
    No, well, who else could take a twelve thousandth garrison company? This is about 1: 100, not more. I am proud!
    1. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA April 29 2016 11: 23
      Quote: Samoyed
      No, well, who else could take a twelve thousandth garrison company?

      British in Africa - during Operation Compass, they considered Italian prisoners to be acres.
      Rather, take away their weapons before they realize how few of us! smile
      1. Black Colonel
        Black Colonel April 29 2016 19: 34
        "Rather take away their weapons before they understand how few of us are!"
        What really was so?
        1. Alf
          Alf April 29 2016 23: 20
          Quote: Black Colonel
          What really was so?

          Exactly. In one of the battles, TEN THOUSAND British captured Thirty Thousand proud descendants of the legionnaires and immediately turned to the international Red Cross with a request-Provide them with food, we have nothing to feed them.
  6. Mikado
    Mikado April 29 2016 15: 47
    It’s a pity that our people died .. At the very end of the war ..
  7. zenion
    zenion April 29 2016 20: 52
    Nothing in the USSR was written about Austria, Northern Italy, the East of France, and much more. That would not hurt future generations. Like they had to do, as the Americans-came and did not leave. But Stalin acted under contracts.
    1. Orang
      Orang April 29 2016 22: 13
      Quote: zenion
      East of france

      How did ours end up there? Everyone knew about Austria, and there was a medal.
  8. Rubon
    Rubon April 29 2016 20: 53
    At one time I had to read an article about this event, the Danes said that the most popular product was pure alcohol, pharmacists who had this strategic product made good money at that time, since the Russians did not have any kind of exchange, a bottle of alcohol went against the gorgeous Zeiss binoculars or a pistol in an expensive design. When the supply of alcohol began to decrease, there were cases of dishonest behavior on the part of the Danes (who would have thought enlightened Europe), they began to dilute alcohol
    Soviet troops returned to pharmacists and visited
    and excesses, to the murders, fortunately did not reach. drinks
    Another interesting fact was that it was not customary to see Russian and German military men walking on opposite sides of the street, on the whole, order was respected everywhere, and commandant patrols served with the police. hi
    1. Mihail maksimov
      Mihail maksimov 12 May 2020 22: 08
      These are not German soldiers, but the Danish army.
  9. Idiot
    Idiot 2 June 2016 15: 27
    Good material. Little, however ...
  10. Mihail maksimov
    Mihail maksimov 12 May 2020 22: 00
    A Danish documentary film "When Denmark Was Communist" on this topic (70 minutes), a lot of material, an abundance of newsreels came out. Watched on DR2 in May 2020.