The position of Denmark on the map as
Cork in the Baltic” was vital to NATO during the cold war.The onlyway out of the Baltic Sea was through Danish waters.
No Warsaw Pact transports or warships were able to pass Danish waters
without being observed or
As an example, the ships that carried missiles to Cuba in 1962, were
observed from the Langelands
Fort the first time.
only route form the Baltic to the Kattegat
andNorth See was the tree narrow straits
Oeresund, Storebaelt and
of the strategic position mentioned above, Denmark was an obvious target for the
According to the Soviet plans, forces from East Germany and Poland should
land in The Fakse Bay
armoured forces should advance through West Germany and among other
Jutland from the south.
The attack on Denmark was scheduled from the 5th´to the 9th
day of the attack. During this attack
weapons were planned used against the two cities Esbjerg and Roskilde.
Esbjerg because of
the very big harbour.NATO forces were
planning to use Esbjerg landing i Jutland. Roskilde
was chosen as a demonstration of the ability and the will to use nuclear
from a Polish exercise in 1954 The map illustrates an amphibious
operation against the Danish island
Sjaelland (upper left corner)
Bornholm (right) and southern
The interesting about this exercise
is Sweden. Sweden was declared
neutral, and a scenario like this
would send Sweden to war, either
to defend their neutrality or on the
eventual third nuclear weapon was also planned to be used eighter
against the area around The
Fort or the Stevns Fort.
The areas picked out as possible nuclear targets were chosen in order not
to disturb the advance of
The nuclear weapons in question were far too big for the actual targets,
and after the nuclear
accident in the Soviet
reactor in Chernobyl, the Russians decreased the size of planned nuclear
Denmark had tactical nuclear weapons stored
just south of the boarder in West Germany, but it is a
there would have the time or American permission to bring it up to the artillery
secure the Danish straits, two forts were build during the 1950’s. The
Langelands Fort and the
Together with The Bangsbro Fort, an old German WW2 fort in Northern
Jutland, it was possible to
control anddefend the
passage of the Danish straits.
Expected opponents, among a lot others, to the Danish Defence:
MIG-27 Flogger D
There is no doubt, that a conflict between the Warsaw Pact and NATO on
Danish soil, would have
serious for Denmark. Both the army and the civilians as well.