Tag Archives: Denmark

Første Verdenskrig: Kort

Banner image digitized Danish maps of the First World War

The digital collection Første Verdenskrig: Kort [Maps of the First World War] has been created by Det Kongelige Bibliotek in Copenhagen, the Danish national library. This collection contains some 170 maps made in Denmark during the First World War and during its immediate aftermath. There are seven sections. Four atlases deal successively with the 1921 border between Denmark and Germany (63 maps), the city of Flensburg (9 maps), four statistical maps for the province of South Jutland, and a general atlas of the Great War (20 maps). The other sections contain maps for Africa (2 maps), Denmark (9 maps) and Europe (78 maps). There are also some German and British maps with a clear propagandistic aim.

Første Verdenskrig: Kort

Dansk Demografisk Database: Faldne 1914-18

Logo Statens ArkiverThe digital Dansk Demografisk Database; Faldne 1914-18 [Danish Demographic Database: Killed in action, 1914-1918] is a project of the Staten Arkiver in Copenhagen, the Danish national archives, the Landsarkivet for Sønderjylland in Aabenra and the Museum Sønderjylland – Sønderborg Slot. The database contains the names of 6,000 Danish soldiers killed during active service with the German army. At the start of the war South Jutland, a part of Denmark on the present German border, belonged to Germany. A group of fifteen volunteers created the records during 2012 using all kind of registers in Danish archives. Updates to the database appear at a webpage of the Sønderborg Slot. The general public is invited to come with additional information for these updates.

The database can only be consulted with an interface in Danish. You can search by Forenavn(e) (first name), Efternavn (surname), Bopælssogn (residence), Fødesogn (place of birth), Fødeår (year of birth), Død år (year of death), Regimenttype (ved personens død) (regiment type), Regiment nr (regiment number), and Land han er død i (land of death). The search tips (Søgetips) give you an introduction and explain the abbreviations (Forkortelser) used for the resources and the provinces (Amter forkortelser). With the button Søg (Search) you start your search; the button Fortryd clears all search fields.

Dansk Demografisk Database: Faldne 1914-18

Første Verdenskrig 1914-1918

A submarine safeguarding Denmark's neutralityThe virtual exhibition Første Verdenskrig 1914-1918 [First World War 1914-1918] has been created by Det Kongelige Bibliotek in Copenhagen, the Danish national library. This virtual exhibition has been launched to accompany the exhibition Ned med våbnene [Away with weapons] at Det Kongelige Bibliotek (September 4, 2014-January 31, 2015). The focus of the virtual exhibition is on seven very different persons: a politician, a soldier, a woman active in the peace movement, an interpreter working with prisoners of war, a union leader, a socialist and an intellectual. Each of them is briefly portrayed, and you can look at telling images or listen to spoken versions of some of their writings. This virtual exhibition can only be viewed in Danish.

The Danish national library contributes digitized materials concerning the First World War mainly to Europeana Collections 1914-1918. You can find these materials also using this overview which bring you to some 700 books (bøger), nearly 900 pamphlets (småtryk), 6600 images (billeder) and 180 maps (kort). You can choose between an interface in Danish or English. Some digitized Danish and Norwegian literature from the First World War held at Det Kongelige Bibliotek is accessible at The European Library portal.

Første Verdenskrig 1914-1918

Første Verdenskrig – de sønderjyske krigsdeltagere

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The portal Første Verdenskrig – de sønderjyske krigsdeltagere [First World War – The soldiers of South Jutland] concerns the lives of Danish soldiers serving between 1914 and 1918. Before the First World War South Jutland had been a part of Germany. Many Danish men had to serve with the German army. The portal presents as its core letters and diaries of soldiers. You can search among several themes. Special sections deal with technology and weapons, remembrance and literary works (Erindring). The section Litteratur offers a selective bibliography on Denmark and the First World War. The links section contains a web directory with a selection of Danish, English, German and French websites. The website is accessible in Danish.

Første Verdenskrig – de sønderjyske krigsdeltagere

1914-18: Hverdagsliv i krigens skygge

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The virtual exhibition 1914-18: Hverdagsliv i krigens skygge [Daily life in the shadow of war] is an educational project created by the Greve Museum in Greve, the Greve Gymnasium and the Skoletjenesten Københavns Befæstning in Copenhagen. The portal can be visited by browsing the various themes, such as Denmark’s neutrality, soldiers´ life, food and daily life, technology and tactics, and fortifications. Images and texts illustrate each theme. There is a useful dictionary (ordliste) of important terms. For teachers there is additional information. The portal is accessible in Danish.

1914-18: Hverdagsliv i krigens skygge

Krigsbreve

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The digital collection Krigsbreve [War Letters] presents some 450 letters written by the Danish soldier Georg Christian Knudsen between 1913 and 1918, mainly addressed to his fiancée Marie Hübschmann and her mother. The website is maintained by his grandchildren Hanne Winther Knudsen and Werner Knudsen. During the First World War [Danish: Første Verdenskrig] Denmark belonged to the neutral countries. However, Knudsen served in the German army. He had been born in 1886 to the south of the Danish border at that time. The website gives transcriptions of each letter; the letters were published in their original sequence. A few photographs illustrate this letter collection. The website and the letters are accessible in Danish.

Krigsbreve

European Film Gateway 1914

Logo EFG 2014The European Film Gateway 1914 is a part of the European Film Gateway dedicated to films and other audio materials from the First World War held in various European collections in twenty countries. The materials shown are newsreels, documentaries, fiction and propaganda, all in all some 660 hours from 5,600 documents. There is an accompanying project website for background information. The EFG has also created a virtual exhibition on the subject of European Film and the First World War. The user interface is in twelve languages.

European Film Gateway 1914