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Blue armband with a royal coat of arms medallion issued to a Danish resistance fighter

Object | Accession Number: 1989.297.4

Armband with a metal shield issued to Knud Dyby, a Danish resistance fighter, on May 4 or 5, 1945, the final days of the German occupation. The armbands suddenly appeared throughout Denmark, issued by the Danish Freedom Council, the unofficial government-in-exile. The armbands were meant to turn the underground fighters into a legitimate army because, under the Geneva Convention, resistance members could be considered guerillas and executed on the spot by the Germans. Denmark was occupied by Germany on April 9, 1940. The Danes were allowed to retain control of civil affairs, until the Germans declared martial law on August 29, 1943. The Danish Freedom Council formed that September to coordinate the resistance movement.

issue:  1945 May 05
issue: Denmark
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Knud Dyby
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:57:34
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