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Gustav Dyekjær Giese,
Oscar Dyekjær Giese,
Lene Maria Christensen
In the early morning of April 9th 1940 the Danish army is alerted. The Germans have crossed the border; Denmark is at war against Europe's strongest army. In Southern Jutland Danish bicycle- and motorcycle companies are ordered out, to against all odds, hold back the forces until the Danish reinforcements can be mobilized. In the fatal hours, we follow second lieutenant Sand (Pilou Asbæk) and his bicycle company - they will as the first Danish soldiers meet the enemy in combat on April 9th 1940.Written by
Nordisk Film Production A/S
The limited casualties during the short German invasion of Denmark on April 9th, 1940 is heavily debated. Precise Danish military casualties are known and documented, with 16 dead (11 army soldiers, 3 border guards, 2 air force pilots) and 21 wounded, plus less than 10 civilian dead and wounded. Conversely, German casualties have no official documentation. The only known contemporary source to list a German figure states 203 German dead and wounded, this in a May 1940 summary from the Danish weapons manufacturer DISA of the battle qualities of their 20mm Madsen auto cannon, that had incapacitated German armor during the battle. This source has been accused of heavy exaggeration, as DISA with this summary was trying to market their weaponry to the German Wehrmacht now occupying Denmark. Other more conservative estimates list max 25-30 German dead and perhaps as many wounded. See more »
In the battle of Lundtoftbjerg(1940), a German soldier is equipped with a MG42 machine gun (developed in 1942). See more »
The true story of the German army invading Denmark on April 9th 1940. The first line of defence is the South Jutland Bicycle Company, their orders are to hold back the might of the German army until reinforcements arrive.
It's a little strange seeing them cycling around with a light machine gun strapped to their crossbar and being ordered to change a bicycle tyre in under 1.5 minutes!
There is no connection between any of the soldiers, most of them don't seem to care one way or another weather they are defeated or not. The acting is quite forced but as a historical account of young men sent to do an impossible job it is quite interesting, although they were badly let down when the Danish government surrendered a few hours in.
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