About 2000 seafarers died during World War II, in Danish waters as well as international. In 1939, Danish fishing boats were required to have a Danish flag painted in red on their sides, so that they could be easily identified by the Germans. In the riddle game "Knæk krigens koder" [Break the war codes], you can learn more about Hvide Sande during World War II.
The lignite industry grew large during WWII. At the destination you can visit a lignite camp at Naturcenter Momhøje and Ejstrup. There is also a small hiking trail in both places.
At the Tirpitz Museum, you can see an exhibition with different WWII personae, including the average citizen.