Barbed wire fence in Copenhagen

Photograph

Description

English

In this picture workers are mounting barbed wire fences along the main road, Strandvejen, on the northern outskirts of Copenhagen. Fences like this were laid out across the northern suburbs to guard against enemy attack on the capital.

Denmark managed to remain neutral throughout the war. Despite this, preparations were needed to defend their neutrality, including a major defence force of 50,000 men. Most of this force was deployed in the defence of Copenhagen. Furthermore, and strictly against international law, the strait of Øresund between Denmark and Sweden was mined on German command.

Danish

På billedet ses arbejdet med at opføre pigtrådsafspærringer nord for København ved Strandvejen, der ligger ud til Øresund. I store dele af området nord for København udlagde man pigtrådsafspærringer for at sikre sig mod en fjendtlig indtrængen fra nord i tilfælde af angreb på København.

Det lykkedes under hele Første Verdenskrig Danmark at opretholde sin neutralitet. Men det var ikke givet på forhånd, at Danmark kunne forblive neutrale hele krigen igennem. Som et led i forberedelserne for at kunne hævde sin neutralitet over for de krigsførende lande blev en større sikringsstyrke på 50.000 mand indkaldt, hvoraf størstedelen afsattes til forsvaret af København. Herudover blev Øresund i strid med folkeretten efter tysk pres mineret.

Full title
Barbed wire fence in Copenhagen
Created
1914
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Photograph
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Det Konglige Bibliotek
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