The Danish Brigade in Sweden 1943–45


The DANFORCE bat­tal­ion con­veys the sto­ry of The Dan­ish Brigade in Swe­den dur­ing World War II from 1943–45. The group’s pri­ma­ry pur­pose is, through liv­ing sto­ry-telling, to tell about the Brigade’s dai­ly life, train­ing, Swe­den’s role dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, and the big polit­i­cal game The brigade was part of. peri­od. A require­ment that has since gov­erned all the com­mu­ni­ca­tion choic­es we have made, but also a require­ment that proved to be dif­fi­cult to hon­or in all cases

Alone the Brigade’s involve­ment in the mine clear­ance on the West Coast in the sum­mer of 1945 caused a num­ber of chal­lenges in the wake of the film Under Sandet. The avail­able lit­er­a­ture was right here some­times quite ten­den­tious. How­ev­er, fol­low­ing the strong debate, the group was con­firmed by the fact that what we did was rel­e­vant to the pub­lic. We have since then con­tin­u­ous­ly sup­ple­ment­ed with archive vis­its, vet­er­an con­tacts and the like in order to get such a nuanced look at the Brigade’s activ­i­ties and pur­pos­es as possible.
The brigade allows for some rather unique per­spec­tives on the devel­op­ments that both the soci­ety and the mil­i­tary under­went dur­ing the 20th cen­tu­ry. It was in con­tin­u­a­tion of the Brigade that Den­mark’s first lot­tery corps was cre­at­ed — an excit­ing and unique com­mu­ni­ca­tion oppor­tu­ni­ty. In addi­tion, the Brigade was the first Dan­ish army unit in recent times, which among the pri­vates con­sist­ed sole­ly of vol­un­tary crew, which offi­cers and com­man­ders only had lit­tle oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­ci­pline. The dis­sem­i­na­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties are there­fore many and varied.