Margrethe Madsen

2 August 1917–2007 (Age 89)
Nørresundby, Ålborg, Denmark

The Life of Margrethe

Margrethe Madsen was born on 2 August 1917, in Nørresundby, Ålborg, Denmark. She died in 2007, in Ålborg, Denmark, at the age of 90.

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World Events (3)

1939

Age 22

Denmark signs 10-year non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany.
1940

Age 23

Germany invades Denmark.
1940 · Germany Invades

Age 23

Operation Weserebung was the German attack on Denmark on April 9, 1940, during the Second World War. The invasion's primary purpose was to use Denmark as a staging ground for operations against Norway, and to build an extensive network of radar systems to detect English bombers bound for Germany. The attack was a breach of the non-aggression pact Denmark had signed with Germany less than a year earlier. Denmark's military forces were inferior in numbers and equipment, and after a short battle were forced to surrender. Lasting approximately six hours, the German ground campaign against Denmark was one of the shortest military operations of the Second World War.

Name Meaning

Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from a pet form of Mathias ( see Matthew ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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