Sweden. Allied or not

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  1. falcon from sweden

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    During ww2 sweden shiped iron ore to german.
    For that, the germans gave gold and money to sweden.
    Germany used the swedish railway to move soldiers to Finland.

    Now i want to know what you think.

    Was Sweden an allied to Germany or was they just nice?
     
  2. FLYBOYJ

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    I agree with FLYBOJ.... We definitely played with both hands. I think that there was even plans made up for an invation of Sweden wasn't there? I've wondered sometimes what would have happened if we had been invaded? I know that we didn't have the most modern air force, navy or army. But what about the quality of the foot soldier, the officer corps, weapons, tactics and, would the winter been as much of obstruction here as in Russia? Our winters can be just as bad as the ones on the eastern front. I think Sweden is the third largest country in Europe as well, so it's plenty of land and mountains, not to mention very deep and dark forrests to fight through....
     
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    Swedes did the only thing they could. Yeah, they played to both sides but being a small country (in population) in the middle of a World War is not a place to pick a side.

    If Sweden goes against Germany- she gets invaded (German troops on both sides).
    If Sweden goes against the Allies- She gets bombed flat and maybe (probably) invaded by the Soviets.

    No good options but the one she took. Pay the devil and hope for the best.
     
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    Agree with the Majority, they were neutral and did what they had to do.

    No complaints from this end
     
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    I dont think Sweden did anything wrong. As Tim said they did what they had to do. Also as a non combatant they are doint what countries do in trade.
     
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    Personally I think that if it had come to take sides, Sweden had sided with the Allies. The question is though, when would it happen? They would have been forced to do that rather early on right? Otherwise we'd been invaded at almost the same time as Norway and Denmark. I have to admit that MUST have been like walking on a VERY thin line......

    "Sweden's and Finland's trade was totally controlled by the Kriegsmarine. As a consequence, Germany put pressure on neutral Sweden to permit transit of military goods and soldiers on leave. On June 18, 1940, an agreement was reached. Soldiers were to travel unarmed and not be part of unit movements. A total of 2.14 million German soldiers, and more than 100,000 German military railway carriages, crossed Sweden until this traffic was officially suspended on August 20, 1943"

    "Even though Sweden never took actual part in the hostilities, the Swedish Air Force saw combat in terms of defending neutrality and guiding straying Allied and German aircraft to safe landing grounds. In this role, the RSAF proved especially useful in the southern parts of Sweden during the last years of the war, when Allied bombing routes were drawn increasingly closer to Swedish air territory. It is worth noting that no less than a total of 342 foreign military aircraft landed in Sweden during WWII, of which about 200 were American or British aircraft with varying degrees of battle-damage. To many Allied air crew in crippled Lancasters, B-17s and B-24s, Sweden provided a “haven of refuge” instead of ditching at sea or in German-occupied countries, although the air crews were detained in Sweden. There were special internment camps built and/or organised (Allied and German soldiers were kept in separate places), and although run by Swedish military personnel, the conditions were in many cases more like a spa than those of an imprisonment camp."



    The Swedish air force 1926-
     
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    Have heard about internment in both Sweden and Switzerland. From what I had heard, it wasn't a terrible deal. If you really wanted to make a run for it, you could.

    Had to be more than one crew that thought about it after Black Thursday and other particularly bad missions.
     
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    I don't think that Germany would have much to gain if they had chosen to invade us. If Germany had invaded us, it would have caused some serious issues in politics and security. There's also quite a few Swedes or Swedish-Finns living in Finland (today about 290 000 I think), it's doubtful that a hostile occupation of Sweden, would have led them to looked at it on the bright side. It would have also drawn much needed troops from the eastern front and jeopardizing supply their lines even more. Further, it isn't a given that even with a "small and antiquated" military, that Sweden would not have given Germany, or any allied country foolish enough to invade, a real pounding, much like the Finns gave the Russians in the Winter War.
    Not forgetting that hunting is a second nature to many Swedes especially when it comes to the älgjakten, which has a roughly 100 year old history with thousands taking part. They wouldn't have a clue about how many they would meet with more than just the one hunting rifle with telescope, able to track and camouflage....

    Maybe I'm just a tad over patriotic here, but who knows.
     
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    Hmmm, quite some dutch men (and probably from other occupied coutries as well) went through Sweden to the UK to fight. Not what I would call "allied to the germans"
     
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    was the trade not from before the war?
    they simply continued the trade durning the war.
     
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    i believe that germany would not waste it's time invading Sweeden. The germans were interested in raw materials, as well as the fact that it would have draind much needed troops from other campaigns they were fighting at the time. I think also that the terrain of the country was against them, the
    germans would have had hell trying to get them up at the mountains....

    BTW i have heard that sweeden become neutral over 500 years when one of their kings army got flattened, is this true if so embellish please if you could, if not please correct me....
     
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    Seems to me that the question can be broken into one of real world politics versus moral decision. In other words...

    Was the decision to remain neutral a sound political decision in the middle of WWII?, and;

    Was it morally right for Sweden to remain neutral in light of the differing ideologies espoused by the Axis and Allied gov'ts.
     
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    I've read somewhere about RAF mosquitos which were painted in BOAC (civilian livery) and used to make daily runs to sweden to pick up small / high value items (I think machine tools were mentioned) and diplomatic mail.

    One at least one occasion high-value VIP's were flown crammed in the ex-bomb bay.

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    IIRC Switzerland (neutral) downed quite a few USAF bombers after the USAF bombed their territory on a number of occasions (errors)
     
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    Aussie 1001, the Swedish Army used to regularly beat hell out of Czarist Russia. Peter the Great lost two or three wars to them, and got pretty peeved about it all. They were a tough bunch in those days, the 1700s.

    This is NOT to say they aren't tough now, they might very well be, I'm just not "up" on my Swedish history much. If I hadn't a book on the shelf about old "Peter the Great", I wouldn't have known anything at all about it.
     
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