Barbed wire fence in Copenhagen

Description

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.

Full title:
Barbed wire fence in Copenhagen
Created:
1914
Format:
Photograph
Held by:
Det Konglige Bibliotek