Soldiers from the reserve, called up for duty at the outbreak of the war


This picture features new Danish defence force recruits donning their marching equipment and rifles. The soldiers are surrounded by children taking a great interest in the preparations.

Although Denmark remained neutral throughout World War One, a major defence force of 50,000 men was gathered to defend this neutrality. Most of this force was used to protect Copenhagen. As early as 1915 and during the following years the force was gradually reduced, until its end in 1919. At its peak there were more than 60,000 men in arms in Denmark, the country’s highest ever number.

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Soldiers from the reserve, who had been called up for duty at the outbreak of the war
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