Sabotage against A/S Columbus Packaging (paper goods factory) 13-04-1943
Outline of the company premises and the boiler housing, the dotted red line shows the route the saboteur took around in the factory from entrance point at the southern chimney. The black cross shows where the explosives and the bonfires were placed.
Arial view of the factory complex.
Boiler house with the roof blasted away. There was placed an explosive charge on top of one of the boilers.
Close up of the boiler bottom part with the blasted smoke chamber.
The entrance near the company cardboard machine. The arrow shows the exact place where the saboteurs spilled some of their explosives on their way to the cardboard machine.
The hotbed near the stacked paper rolls in the cardboard factory. The saboteurs used briquettes to light the fire.
The blasted boiler. The explosion pressed a bulge in the upper part of the boiler, tore the exhaust pipe of and blasted the bottom edge of the smoke chamber.
The hotbed by the pile of cardboard rubbish in the box factory. Here the fire was extinguished so quickly that only the one wall was damaged and got some sooty and a roof window that was blasted by the heat.
The company did not work directly for the Wehrmacht, but produced packaging for butter and condensed milk for Germany. Furthermore, the director advertised daily in the Nazi magazine ‘The Fatherland’...
The company did not work directly for the Wehrmacht, but produced packaging for butter and condensed milk for Germany. Furthermore, the director advertised daily in the Nazi magazine ‘The Fatherland’. The company's three sabotage guards were held up by five armed saboteurs, who then planted an explosive charge in the boiler house and two firebombs in other parts of the factory. The boiler was severely damaged, holes were blown into the roof and the boiler house doors were forced out. The firebombs had mixed success in igniting fire to the box and stationery stores.
Hans Edvard Teglers og Jørgen Jespersen
Esben Kjeldbæk: Sabotageorganisationen BOPA, 1997.