The Collection

The Collection

Germany & Related Areas, 1872 – 1945

Danish Legion

On 12 July 1941, Germany formed the “Frikorps Danmark,” a legion of Danish volunteers.  The purpose of the Frikorps was to aid in fight against Communist Russia on the Eastern Front.

The initial batch or recruits totaled approximately 600 men, and by the end of August 1941, the Frikorps had over 1,000 volunteers.

During the short period in which the Danish Legion was in existence, several propaganda labels were privately produced and sold as a means of fundraising to benefit the legion. 

The Frikorps saw combat on the Eastern Front until 20 May 1943, when it was officially disbanded, and the survivors incorporated into the SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment “Danmark” of the SS Panzer Grenadier Division Nordland.