Denmark 1940

The German invasion of Denmark was the fighting that followed the German army crossing the Danish border on 9 April 1940 by land, sea and air.
The German ground campaign against Denmark was the briefest on record.

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Wesertag in Denmark
As Kriegsmarine vessels moved into their target harbours in Norway, at 0515hrs on Tuesday, 9 April 1940 – Wesertag (‘Weser Day’) – the German Army launched the briefest ground campaign on record. While the Danish Army had been forewarned of the invasion, it was prohibited from deploying or from preparing defensive positions because the government did not want to provide the Germans with a provocation for their actions. The small, scattered units of the Jutland Division were called out of their barracks at 0435hrs and began fighting delaying actions on the Jutland Peninsula.


{Douglas C. Dildy 2007}
Denmark and Norway
Hitler’s Boldest Operation
Osprey Campaign Series – 183