Alfred V. Jensen: Christian 10.s Ridt over den gamle Grænse ved Taps ind i Sønderjylland den 10. juli 1920. (Christian X’s ride over the old border at Taps into Southern Jutland on 10 July 1920′). (Painted 1920-23)

Alfred V. Jensen: Christian 10.s Ridt over den gamle Grænse ved Taps ind i Sønderjylland den 10. juli 1920. (Christian X’s ride over the old border at Taps into Southern Jutland on 10 July 1920′). (Painted 1920-23)

The King on his white horse. This picture shows one of the most formal and heavily symbolic events of with the reunification festivities. The King had agreed to fulfil the old prophecy that Southern Jutland would become Danish again on the day the Danish King came riding over the border on a white horse. There […]

Peter Wilhardt: ‘Danske soldater marcherer forbi Dybbøl Mølle 5. maj 1920’ (‘Danish soldiers march past Dybbøl Mill 5 May 1920’). (Painted 1921)

Peter Wilhardt: ‘Danske soldater marcherer forbi Dybbøl Mølle 5. maj 1920’ (‘Danish soldiers march past Dybbøl Mill 5 May 1920’).  (Painted 1921)

Danish soldiers at Dybbøl Hill. Reunification was effectuated gradually over several months. One  very special day indeed was 5 May, when Danish troops moved into Zone 1 to replace the French and British troops. The extensive German naval base in Sønderborg was converted into a barracks for Danish infantry. Immediately after their arrival, the soldiers […]

Alfred V. Jensen: ‘Dannebrog hejses på flaghøjen ved Dybbøl Mølle’ (‘Dannebrog is raised on the flag mound at Dybbøl Mill’). (Painted 1921)

Alfred V. Jensen: ‘Dannebrog hejses på flaghøjen ved Dybbøl Mølle’ (‘Dannebrog is raised on the flag mound at Dybbøl Mill’). (Painted 1921)

Dannebrog is hoisted at Dybbøl Hill. On 11 July 1920, before the reunification festivities at the Dybbøl Redoubts, a tall flagpole was erected on Dybbøl Hill near Dybbøl Mill. It was the tallest flagpole in Denmark. Special permission was given to fly the Danish Splitflag (swallow-tailed flag) here, and Danish-Americans in Chicago donated a large […]

An appeal to Danish mothers

An appeal to Danish mothers

This poster was printed in large numbers, both in the Danish and German text versions, in full size and in quarter size. The poor, somewhat frightened boy is barefoot, clothes patched and worn, and all he has to play with is an empty matchbox. A heart-rending picture of a state of poverty that must not […]

Vote Danish

Vote Danish

In 1920, flags were used as one of the most effective and eye-catching instruments of propaganda, in an attempt to appeal to feelings and the subconscious. This poster, like many of the other plebiscite posters drawn by Thor Bøgelund, puts forward no arguments for voting Danish; the message is carried by irrational elements. The image […]

We are one people

We are one people

The artist, Rasmus Christiansen, designed plebiscite posters open to different interpretations. This poster offers a birds-eye view of Denmark with clouds covering that part of Southern Jutland that lay outside the plebiscite zones. The plane provides a positive association to technology and progress. The image – combined with the witty text – implies that the those […]

Southern Jutland recovered

Southern Jutland recovered

Southern Jutland recovered For many Danes, the image of Mother Denmark standing on the bridge over the River Kongeå to welcome home the daughter that had been forcibly torn from her is the picture of the reunification. The text was written in December 1918 by the poet, Henrik Pontoppidan. This is a stanza from a […]

Paying taxes in Denmark and Germany

Paying taxes in Denmark and Germany

Imagery and words were used to present the high standard of living in neutral Denmark and the misery of war-torn Germany, often considerably simplifying the facts. One of the most extreme examples of propaganda is this pro-Danish poster for the plebiscite campaign in Zone 2: an elegantly-dressed citizen with white spats and a bowler hat […]

Denmark calls!

Denmark calls!

This poster is a virtuoso performance: everything Danish – fair and friendly – is contrasted with everything German – dark and threatening. The text carries the message further: Danish national identity is personified by an image of all that is nearest and dearest – the relationship between mother and child. The designer, Thor Bøgelund, achieved […]