In the early morning of April 9th 1940 the Danish army is alerted. The Germans have crossed the border; Denmark is at war against Europe's strongest army. In Southern Jutland Danish bicycle- and motorcycle companies are ordered out, to against all odds, hold back the forces until the Danish reinforcements can be mobilized. In the fatal hours, we follow second lieutenant Sand (Pilou Asbæk) and his bicycle company - they will as the first Danish soldiers meet the enemy in combat on April 9th 1940.Written by
Nordisk Film Production A/S
Nazi Germany's primary reason for invading Denmark was to use the country as a stepping stone to invade Norway and also to secure a route for Swedish iron ore, a vital strategic resource for Germany. See more »
This took place in 1940 but in the movie German troops have MG 42 that was first introduced into the German army in 1942. See more »
A great war movie
This is one of the best war movies I have ever seen. The film follows a small group of Danish soldiers thrown unexpectedly into the meat grinder to try and slow the German advance. The movie never falls for exaggerated heroism, nor for the ubiquitous pacifism one finds in most war movies. With the patience of a historian it purports to present the experiences of a small number of Danish soldiers in the early hours of April the 9th, 1940. The film is a thorough anatomy of what happens with soldiers under fire. It focuses on the soldier's training, equipment, leadership and so on. Many aspects of world war two, which we know from memoirs or journals, are present in the movie, even the adverse psychological effect of seeing huge numbers of enemy planes. Other reviewers address the pitiful state of the Danish army in this movie. This is just wrong. The movie presents an army which is well trained, well equipped, well led, well motivated and which knew the terrain of battle extremely well. They were however heavily outnumbered and out-gunned. A great war movie.
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