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Old 04-09-2015, 09:34 AM
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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.
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:18 AM
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Old 04-09-2015, 12:52 PM
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Some of the survived soldiers are the ones who fought by bicycling to the border and shooting down the enemy. I mean who t.. h... is going into battle on bikes? Oh, that was the Danish army

The just released movie "9th April" is telling their story. It´s a movie I can recommend. i saw it in February/March during a test-run and nobody talked loud when going out of the theatre.

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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.

I know you´re right about bicycles being the clever move. But after seeing "9. april" you just get the feeling of "David versus Goliath" from the Bible. The little man against the giant and the "it´s so typical Danish - first coffee then..."-feeling.
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:41 PM
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Old 04-10-2015, 02:59 AM
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Mary is well covered in Daily Mail these days: Crown Princess Mary cuts a stylish figure in sombre black and striking grey millinery as she attends war memorial service solo in Denmark | Daily Mail Online
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:44 AM
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Pictures from Kongehuset.dk:

http://kongehuset.dk/materialemappe/...ril+1940-2.img
http://kongehuset.dk/materialemappe/...ril+1940-5.img
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http://kongehuset.dk/materialemappe/...ril+1940-4.img

Clip from the TV2syd news:
Kronprinsessens besøg i Søgaardlejren - tvsyd.dk - TV SYD - Nyheder - Lokal - Aabenraa

Saying it mean a lot to see the royal show their support for this part of the country (South Jutland)
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Old 04-10-2015, 05:19 PM
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Let's have a closer look at the Nimbus with sidecar.
The Nimbus was a Danish motorcycle brand that is very coveted by collectors and motorcycle enthusiasts.
The interesting with this one is the affutage (mount) for the light Madsen machine gun on the sidecar and the carbine that was standard issue for engineers, field-artillerymen (and beforehand cavalry) and others who performed support functions or operated other weapons.
Being shorter that the standard rifle, it was more handy but of course with a shorter range and a considerable more powerful kick.

The Madsen machine gun was hypermodern when it was invented in 1902. It was bought for the Russian cavalry and tested by the British army but not adopted. Because despite being handy and modern it had a few drawbacks. There were problems keeping up automatic fire if the angle was high.
Here in the standard bi-pod version: http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/9495/...8b539b7_XL.jpg
And mounted on a tripod: http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/9304/...7efc8d5_XL.jpg

By 1940 it had become obsolete, being surpassed by the brilliant German MG38 and the reliable British/Czech Brengun and even the heavy and cumbersome American Lewisgun.

The same thing applied to the Danish service rifle the Kragh-Jørgensen.
While being extremely reliable and accurate and also hypermodern in 1889, it was getting obsolete already a decade later, with the invention of the Mauser rifle, that could be loaded very fast with clips. While the Madsen rifle had to be loaded cartridge by cartridge. - Ironically that made the Madsen more reliable in arctic conditions, where the clip and cartridges could end up being fuzed together by the cold.
The Madsen rifle: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...3%A9museum.jpg


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Alas, this stone was placed by veterans associations, not by the Danish government...
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Old 04-11-2015, 07:10 AM
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Pardon my stupid question but when it comes to army why didn't Frederik come along with her?


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Old 04-11-2015, 07:22 AM
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Pardon my stupid question but when it comes to army why didn't Frederik come along with her?


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A guess could be that this primarily involved the Home Guard and Mary is a member of the Army Home Guard.

A nice gallery from Royalista: Mary led the troops at World War II commemoration | Royalista
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:20 AM
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Here's another nice gallery of the ceremony on April 9:



** pm: Mary très stylée pour se souvenir du 9 avril 1940 **
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:13 AM
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It looks like Crown Princess Mary is scheduled to attend the ANZAC Day ceremony being held at The Citadel Church at the Kastellet fortress in Copenhagen on April 25th.

The Australian Embassy in Denmark has issued an open invitation to any Australians and New Zealanders who may wish to join in the event, which is from 10.00am till noon - (they have to register for security purposes though.)

It's the one hundred year commemoration of Gallipoli of course - hence Princes Charles and Harry to Turkey - and there will also be a wreath laying ceremony.
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Old 04-17-2015, 04:08 AM
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Considering how important Gallipoli is to Australia and New Zealand, I hope Frederik will attend as well.
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Old 04-17-2015, 11:53 AM
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So far, Mary is the only one listed on the calendar.
Maybe she is going because of the Aussie connection, and not so much as Denmark representative? i dunno
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:25 AM
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Today, it's again time to celebrate that all our Danish organic cows are going to get green grass under their hooves in summer time.

And our Mary (and perhaps some of the children?) will let the cows out. It's always a cozy day and funny to see how the cows they literally are dancing when they are closed out of the barn and get grass under the hooves.

"75 organic farmers across the country invites to a day when you can watch organic cows dancing enthusiastically in the pasture after a long winter in the barn. A huge amount of spectators visit these farms on this early eco day, last year about 193.000 Danes."



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LIVE TV:

Isabella, Vincent and Josephine are joining her!

We are coming very close. Good close up live pictures of the children.

http://static.viewer.dacast.com/b/40975/c/59242


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Deligthful live pictures...

Bella, Vincent and Josephine all got a child tattoo with "I love eco".

Josephine made sure to wave and say "bye bye" every time they left a post.

Inside the barn we could hear both Isabella and Josephine say "Mommy, it smeeeells" and hold for their noses. To much amusement of the people around.

So the red ribbon should been cut and Vincent was very ready, he stretched out his hand... But it was Bella who as the oldest was allowed to cut the red ribbon while Vincent and Josephine they both hold the red ribbon.

And then it was time to the cows to get on grass and Vincent made sure to say "run, run, run" to every single cow.

And then I learned royal children say "Mom, Mom, Mommy" just ​​as much as every other children They're some active children and Mary had at one time to run after Vincent and Josephine when they had walked a little too far away after a cow they had seen. But just as confident they are, as much they all three from time to time felt the need to cuddle with mother when too many looked at them.
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:54 AM
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Delightful!

Vincent seems a bit overwhelmed by the smell, though.

Notice the straw-rubber in the middle of the picture. When the cows need a good scratching they walk up to the straw-rubber.

About 15.000 present. The normal at the individual farms is about 1.500-2.000 spectators.

Ah, there is also a cow-cam.

The cows are eager, they know when there are lots of humans around it's time to go on grass.

The cow-cam has tilted.

Perfect day for Mary to bring her youngest.
The farmer, Per, gives a speech.
The chairman of eco-farming is also called Per. The Minister for Agriculture is not named Per, but that's an oversight that will be corrected...

Eco-cows must go on grass, while only 16 % of conventional milk-cows go on grass.

Nice. This must the first year Vincent and Josephine can really understand what it is about.

It sounds like Vincent is shouting for the cows to run. While standing on the fence, he has a thing about fences that boy.
Yep, it's Vincent we can hear, he's gonna be hoarse tonight!

Bella waving to the cow-cam or rather the cow with the cow-cam.
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HQ pictures from BT:

Vincent and Josephine has certainly taken a few lessons from sister Bella in let's charm and take a few dance moves.

http://www.bt.dk/sites/default/files...8/8622835-.jpg
http://www.bt.dk/sites/default/files...8/8622836-.jpg
https://scontent-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...22&oe=55A3BA6A

BT article and pictures:
Se billederne: Prinser og prinsesser slipper køerne løs - Royale | www.bt.dk

Sn.dk gallery and article:
http://sn.dk/galleri/482341

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Pictures:
https://scontent-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...0a&oe=55A5E14A (All children milking a "cow")
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https://scontent-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...a4&oe=55AAB6CD
https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.n...134c4bc00da572 (Puuh, it smells)
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https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.n...90df9670f41ceb
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More large pictures:

Lucky with the good weather as well.

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Quite funny that they mentions that CP Frederik was there too
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Quite funny that they mentions that CP Frederik was there too

He went undercower...
Sorry, couldn't resist.
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He went undercower...
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Lovely pictures from this event and it's a perfect event for the kids to go to.
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