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Armband with a royal coat of arms issued to a Danish resistance member

Object | Accession Number: 1989.297.4

Blue, red, and white armband with a medallion issued to Knud Dyby, a member of the Danish underground resistance, on May 4 or 5, 1945. The armbands, which appeared abruptly throughout Denmark, were issued by the Danish Freedom Council, Denmark's unofficial government-in-exile in England from July 1944 to May 1945. The armbands were meant to identify resistance members as legitimate combatants, rather than guerilla forces, to ensure they were protected under Geneva Convention rules defining combatants and how they should be treated by military forces. 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 was formed that September to coordinate the resistance movement. Dyby worked with the Danish underground during the German occupation of Denmark. He used knowledge and skills gained from his prewar printing and advertising business, sailing expertise, and King’s Royal Guard service as well as his wartime position with the Danish police force to transmit intelligence data and arrange for boats to ferry refugees, including Jewish families, from Denmark to Sweden. German forces in Denmark surrendered on May 5, 1945. Dyby immigrated to the United States after the war.

issue:  1945 May 04-1945 May 05
issue: Denmark
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Knud Dyby
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:10:42
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