The Pioneers: Chilblain
Carl Johan Bruhn (left) og Mogens Hammer
The first SOE operation in Denmark took place the night between the
27 and 28 of December 1941, and the code name for the operation was:
The agents were Carl Johan Bruhn and Mogens Hammer. They were dropped
by parachute near Torpeskov some 60 Km. south of Copenhagen. Bruhn jumped
as the first one, then came their equipment and Hammer jumped as the
Bruhn's parachute failed and he was killed. Hammer landed safe, and
after a long search, he found the mutilated body of Carl Johan Bruhn.
Hammer had to give up finding the equipment incl. the Wireless Transmitter,
which was found by the German Police the next day. Hammer made his way
to Copenhagen and stayed for some time at friends.
In the equipment Bruhn and Hammer brought 12 pistols (unknown models)
for the incipient Resistance. This was intended to be the very first
weapons supply made by SOE to Denmark. The pistols were too found by
the Germans. Bruhn and Hammer were quipped with hidden pistols, that
could be fired with raised hands, as the trigger on the pistol was connected
to the hand by a "Bowden-cable".
The German Police warned all units against this weapon by sending out
pictures of the outfit.