ATTACK AT HOLLANDSHUS, Skørping
On the 17th of August 1943, a group of 12 men from the Danish resistance movement were on their way to collect an airdrop from a British aircraft at Madum Sø, which lies in the eastern part of Rold Forest. The cargo contained weapons, explosives and materials used for the resistance group’s sabotage work against the German occupation force. The group had retrieved the airdrops successfully three times before, however, tonight's outing would turn out differently.
A secret code was delivered through the BBC radio broadcast at 18:00, alerting the resistance group to an airdrop. On the 17th the group had not anticipated the announcement of an airdrop and was caught unprepared - this meant that all drove to Madum Sø together.
The airplane circled over the lake several times, before making the airdrop. After collecting it, the group drove away, but they were stopped by a German military vehicle.
They refused to stop the car and collaborate, so the Germans opened fire on the men. Most were lucky to escape the engagement with the germans, but Niels Erik Vangsted was shot and killed immediately by the bulletfire. Poul Kjær Sørensen lost his footing, fell and was captured by the Germans.
Karl Peter Madsen and Svend Emanuel Simonsen, two of the men present that night, survived the ordeal. Looking back, they recall some of the following details: