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One of the most remarkable radio recordings ever made—a running commentary given while an act of sabotage was being carried out by a group of the Danish resistance movement—was broadcast in a 8.8.C. programme to Europe within a few weeks of the event. The recording was smuggled out of Denmark to Britain. It was made on the night of March 26 last. The strongly-guarded "Always" radio works in Copenhagen, forced to make radio equipment for the Luftwaffe, was wrecked by members of the Danish Freedom Movement. The action was well planned. Buildings facing the factory were manned by Danish Freedom fighters armed with machine-guns to give cover to the men deputed to blow the main gates and place heavy explosive charges well within the factory itself. With the "cover" men in the building opposite was also a commentator with recording equipment.

The commentary begins thus: "It is a lovely spring evening, dark enough for our purpose between the six-storey factory buildings. ... I can see one of the watchmen passing behind one of the factory windows. Up the street comes our man with the explosive to blow the main gate. He is walking slowly. The factory watchmen have switched on the searchlights and are using them to follow him down the road—as they do all passers-by at night. He seems quite unconcerned, and as he comes level with the main entrance he pulls his fuse and throws the bomb against the gate, and begins to run. The watchmen and our Freedom fighters open fire. Listen!" The radio speaker goes on to desscribe the scene. Some of the factory guards are running out firing as they come. The armed observers in the building with the commentator answer their fire. As soon as all the guards have either been killed or have taken to their heels the main sabotage party gets to work inside the factory, placing three heavy bombs and laying the fuse wires. The commentator goes on: "Our men are quietly leaving the factory and walking down the street. It can't be ] >ng now; the group-leader is instructing his men to take cover in doorways. . . ." The speaker is interrupted by the explosion, but concludes with the remark. "The factory is destroyed. The whole action has taken less than four minutes."

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COOL DANES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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COOL DANES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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