Photograph of war news on wagon in Copenhagen

Photograph

Description

English

In August 1914 people in Kongens Nytorv square in central Copenhagen read the latest frontline bulletins from a horse-drawn carriage. The news was reported by one of the leading dailies, Politiken. In this case the information is about the positive acknowledgement by the German press of Denmark’s neutral position.

At the outbreak of war it was by no means a foregone conclusion that Denmark would be able to uphold this neutrality. It faced Germany as its closest neighbour to the south and held an important strategic position as the gateway to the Baltic. This meant the risk of an invasion was always present, which Denmark would not have been able to withstand. In addition to this, both Britain and Germany were Denmark’s most important trade partners, a fact that helped maintain Danish neutrality.

Danish

På Kongens Nytorv kan københavnerne i august 1914 læse de seneste nyheder fra krigen på en hestetrukken vogn. Det er dagbladet Politiken, der leverer nyhederne, her underretningen om, at Danmarks neutrale holdning var blevet positivt omtalt i den tyske presse. At Danmark kunne forblive neutral og stå uden for krigen var ikke givet i krigens første tid. Med Tyskland som nabo i syd og Danmarks strategisk vigtige placering ved indgangen til Østersøen var risikoen for en fjendtlig invasion eksisterende – en invasion man ikke havde kunnet modstå. England og Tyskland var derudover de vigtigste handelspartnere for Danmark, hvilket også var en omstændighed, der spillede en stor rolle i den danske neutralitetspolitik.

Full title
Photograph of war news on wagon in Copenhagen [Nyheder om krigens udbrud København] by Holger Damgaard
Created
1914
Format
Photograph
Creator
Holger Damgaard
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Det Konglige Bibliotek
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