Thanks, Roskilde & Iceflower.
And very appropriately it's the local Army Home Guard who received Mary.
ADDED: A pic from BB: http://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelige...esse%20mary%22
Seven Danish soldiers were killed in the fightings at Aabenraa.
In the picture she is shown the standard Danish service rifle at the time. The M89 Krag-Jørgensen 8mm, full length barrel. (The rifle in this picture is a carbine though). A somewhat cumbersome weapon due to it's length, but very accurate and extremely reliable. In fact it was used until fairly recently in Greenland, simply because it worked no matter how cold it was and it was powerful enough to knock down virtually anything with the first shot, perhaps with the exception of a moscus oxen.
The US army used a the Krag-Jorgensen rifle during the insurgency in the Philippines at the beginning of the 1900's.
A video from Jyske Vestkysten of Mary arriving: http://www.jv.dk/modules/jv/gallery?articleId=1987229
The event will be well covered on the TV2 local news tonight at 19:30, so you can expect someone to post additional clips within the next six hours.
There are now only seven survivors of the soldiers who fought at Aabenraa on the 9th April 1940. And we may hope and expect that they will finally be decorated, if not sooner then certainly after the next general election at some point later this year.
Kronprinsessens besøg i Søgaardlejren - tvsyd.dk - TV SYD - Nyheder - Lokal - Aabenraa
The first clip from TV2 Syd (local news) of Mary today.
The motorbike with sidecar is a Nimbus in case your are interested. And it was standard issue for Danish light and recce units in 1940. Usually with a Madsen light machine gun attached to the sidecar.
A video from BB: http://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelige...ybeste-respekt
- The soldiers wearing uniforms in a lighter hue are regulars, the rest are from the Home Guard and a couple of veteran associations.
-------------------------------- (This is in response to a post by FasterB below...)
Well, actually prior to WWII infantry on bicycles made a lot of sense, especially for light recce units. They are silent, they can move along lanes, they are pretty fast and they don't need petrol.
The German divisions moving into Denmark through Jutland, were motorized in order to reach Aalborg as fast at possible. With mechanized units in the front. (*) As such they were way superior in heavy support weapons and field artillery to the Danish troops they were facing.
But the majority of German infantry units at that time used both the "apostles horses = their feet" and real horses.
(*) The WWII definitions:
Ordinary infantry = mode of transportation: feet, horses and bicycles.
Motorized infantry = mode of transportation: trucks, jeeps, motorbikes with a handful of towed artillery and armored cars.
Mechanized infantry = mode of transportation: trucks, jeeps, motorbikes, armored cars, armored personnel carriers, heavy artillery trucks, self-propelled artillery, infantry fighting vehicles and light to medium tanks as support.