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Precise dates of occupation: 9 April 1940 - 5 May 1945.
Al Kirsch, 25 February 2003

Frikorps Danmark

[Flag of Frikorps Danmark] by Hugh Watkins, 19 February 1999

The flag is from a photograph August 1941 of Frikorps Danmark Fanevagt (standard bearer flanked by two honor guards) taken at Langenhorne Kaserne (barracks) in Germany.

The first 500 to 600 volunteers, of which about 40% were trained soldiers, met on 19 July 1941 in Copenhagen. They left Denmark by train, marching from Ryevangens Kaserne to Hellerup Station with a German military band behind the dannebrogsfane (which had been purchased by well wishers).

They were sworn in to the Germany army as a unit of the Vaben-SS on 5 August 1941 swearing to loyally fight against bolshevism. On 5 May 1943 Frikorps Danmark was disbanded and reformed the next day as Pansergrenader-regiment Danmark.

The source is "Dansk soldater i kamp på Østfronten 1941 - 1945" in Danish ISBN 87-7466-246-5 Bogan, (Odense University).
Hugh Watkins, 19 February 1999

Danish National Socialist Party

Danmarks Nationalsocialistiske Arbejderparti (DNSAP)

[Flag of Danish National Socialist Party] by António Martins

[Flag of Danish National Socialist Party] by António Martins

Two flags of the Danish National Socialist Party, active before and during the German occupation in 1940-1945. The main motif seems to be a swastika in the Danish colors, lacking black when compared with contemporary German flags. Both flags are apparently square and feature a white swastika in the middle, either on a red disc set on a white background, or plainly on red background. Shade of red disputable -- was it like this, or darker?
António Martins, 25 February 2003

Black and white photos of these flags can be found at
Hugh Watkins, 28 January 2004

Additional photos of their flags in use can be seen at
Marcus Wendel, 1 February 2009

Danish Resistance flag(?)

[Possible Flag of Danish Resistance] by Zach Harden

An article at Yahoo News showed a Danish flag with this flag in the background. The back one, was claimed, to be the Danish Resistance flag although I am not sure about it.
Zachary Harden, 4 May 2005

It is probably correct. I have a book I bought many years ago at the Museum of the Resistance in Copenhagen; the photos are in black-and-white, but soldiers of the resistance, in uniform after the liberation, are wearing armbands that look very much like the flag you posted. So yes, that is probably the flag -- or a flag -- of the resistance. How official it was at the time, I don't know.
Albert S. Kirsch, 5 May 2005