In 1940 Denmark was invaded by Nazi Germany and during the occupation posters like this one was printed to evacuate in the event of approaching hostilities or airstrikes. In the final months of the war as both the Soviets and the Allied troops approached Denmark.
The poster was printed by the Danish police and was made to be put up in civilian apartments stairwells and entrances.
The 5th of May Denmark was liberated by British troops expect for the Baltic island of Bornholm which was still occupied by a German garrison (about 12,000 strong) who had orders to surrender to the Western Allies. As of Bornholm's location far east of the Danish mainland no British troops was near the island. The German commander telegraphed Copenhagen and begged that just a single British solider should come to the island so the garrison could surrender.
In the meantime Soviet troops approached the island from the east and interpreted the situation as the Germans refused to surrender. When the Danish police got that intelligence they immediately out up the evacuation posters in the major towns of Bornholm. It was a wise thing to do as the Soviets made several relentless airstrikes on the island and the Germans were forced to surrender to the Soviets.
The Soviets occupied the island until 1946 probably because of Bornholms strategic location and perhaps to gain influence on the political situation in Denmark. The Soviets returned home after Denmark became a founding member of NATO.
English translation of the poster:
"The evacuation is ordered
and must be implemented soon.
Listen for cars with loudspeakers and the radio.
Wear substantial footwear and remember to bring:
Blankets, dry food for 3 days, serving trolleys and eating utensils, paper money, securities, personal papers, identity tags for children.Keep the family together. Do not take more of than they can carry or transport (by bicycle, pram etc.).
Dogs, cats and the like may not be included. Shut off the gas and electricity. Lock the apartment. The police is on guard and will patrol the area.
If you have sick people in your home that needs transportation report the nearest police station as soon as possible.
Make yourselves ready and leave the city immediately.
Pass on this message to the rest of the residents in the building.
Maintain peace and order.
This is a poster with a grim history and a reminder that war (sadly) is still an option. This poster is a must have for any WWII collector.
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