Dare you enter a minefield? Mines are terrifying invisible weapons. When you enter the special exhibition, Danger – Mines! you will get a real sense of the insecurity and lack of freedom that mines create. Beware! One wrong step can have consequences.
The West Coast of Jutland 1944
German soldiers lay about 1.2 million mines in Denmark during the final years of World War II. The mines were part of Hitler’s major defence project, the Atlantic Wall, which was intended to prevent the Allies from landing in Western Europe. By the end of the war, there was a huge number of mines along the beaches and shores of Denmark. They placed the local people in great danger. But who would clear them?
It was the Germans who ended up removing the mines. This special Tirpitz exhibition, which runs through 15 August 2021, tells the whole story. You will meet some of the German soldiers who put their lives at risk every time they walked out into the minefields. You will also meet some of the Danish soldiers who oversaw the demining, so no mines were forgotten.
Clearing mines was a potentially fatal job. One in five German mine clearers was killed or seriously injured. In the exhibition you will witness some of the serious mine accidents that occurred during the demining operations in 1945.
An exhibition you can feel
Seek peace of mind in the beach farm before moving out into the landscape overlooking the unsafe coastline with the threat of both minefields and a possible invasion. Are you going to make it across the minefield? And can you feel the uncertainty as you have a go at dismantling a mine yourself?
Land of Mine
We now know more about the story of the German mine clearers from the Danish Oscar-nominated film, Land of Mine, which is set during the dramatic mine clearance operations just after World War II. In the exhibition visitors can see props from the film, which was shot in and around Blåvand. The film sparked a great deal of debate: for example, about whether the German mine clearers were prisoners of war, and about the conditions under which they had to work. This special exhibition sets out to provide a more complex version of the story.
Who Cleans up After War Today?
Mines are atrocious weapons that are still used in war today. Mines make no distinction between friend and enemy, child and adult – or between war and peace. They help spread horror, terror, death and mutilation in many places in today’s world. In the exhibition you will meet a Danish mine clearer from Danish Demining Group who helps clear mines throughout the world today.