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Armband with a royal coat of arms worn by a Danish resistance fighter

Object | Accession Number: 1995.111.1

Blue, red, and white armband with a medallion issued to Mogens Kofod-Hansen, a Danish resistance fighter, 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. German forces in Denmark surrendered on May 5, 1945. Mogens was a courier during the Jewish rescue operations in September 1943 and also traveled to Sweden to deliver vital information to the British military during the war.

issue:  1945 May 04-1945 May 05
issue: Denmark
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mogens Kofod-Hansen and Veterans of the Danish Fight for Freedom
Record last modified: 2022-03-25 15:44:46
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