Korps (DFK) - 1200 men (Jan-march 1940)
there was widespread support for the Finns throughout the Winter War.
Many Danes sought to travel to Finland in order to join the Finnish
forces but the Danish Government was unco-operative. However, a Danish
businessman agreed to pay from his own resources the cost of raising a
Danish volunteer unit and sending it to Finland. A recruitment office
was opened in Østerbro and a force of 1200 men was quickly
enlisted. The volunteers were sent to Finland in small groups,
travelling across Sweden to Haparanda on the Swedish/Finnish frontier
and then on to a reception camp at Oulu (Uleåborg). By the end of
January 1940 there were some 400 Danish volunteers in the camp and by
end of February 1940 all 1200 men had arrived. The force was known as
"Dansk Finlands Korps" (DFK) i.e. the Danish Finland Corps.
In early March 1940 orders were given to move the unit to the south
coast port of Hanko (Hangö). However, before this could be
arranged the armistice came into operation and the Winter War ended. In
the following weeks the DFK was disbanded and about half of the
volunteers returned home to Denmark.
At first the Danish volunteers used the postal address: Os. Franck [=
Task Unit Franck after
the head of the Finnish Liaison Staff, Major Franck] KpK 25,
Finland. [KpK 25 = Tornio], later the Danes got the
unit code 4935 at KpK 10 in Oulu.