Sweden delivered half the German Iron ore between September 1939 and Early 1941.Seppo Jyrkinen wrote:Russia was a strong military power and Finland was nothing in the eyes of Stalin. And so was also Sweden. I think, in the end of 1939, those two small countries together had been a Double-nothing.Darkwand wrote:...if sweden had said that it would support finland in a conflict with the USSR before the outbreak of war the stalin woulndn't have invaded ?
... on paper the Swedish armed forces where the largest and best equipped in Scandinavia...
And the German army counts higher than the combined Swedish-Finnish forces.
So at least the M-R Pact has to be renegotiated.
Swedish Air Force had seven operational squadrons, you forgot the obsolete Hart Dive bombers, but there where trained to operate as combat units. and new aircrafts where ordered in the US.Seppo Jyrkinen wrote:
Sweden had a high quality machine-building industry and capacity to build up a strong army. Excellent "cannon industry". But Swedish Air Forces had older aircraft than FAF had (50 Gloster Gladiator vs 40 Fokker D21 and 40 Ju86 vs 18 Bristol Blenheim). Sweden was not a such military power which had been respected by Hitler and Stalin .
But both air forces where nothing that detered a major power.
I would say that Swedens strongest arm where the navy as the relative strenght was far closer to the German navy than any other arm.
Do you have any sources that indicates that Sweden where to be occupied?Seppo Jyrkinen wrote: .... If Stalin had occupied Finland, Red Army troops had settled down just 150 km from Gällivare. Swedish iron ore was vital for Germany and Russia had got a possibility to strangle German war industry by occupying a small piece of Sweden.
What had been Hitler's reaction? I think Studie Nord had been fulfilled as originally designed and also Sweden had been occupied 1940.
Yes.Seppo Jyrkinen wrote: When helping Finland, Sweden was helping as much herself.
Not real question mark that he took the credit, but I have never seen anything that suggests that he (or any other German) did stop any ongoing planning to capture Sweden.Seppo Jyrkinen wrote:
I have been wondering if Göring really put an umbrella over Sweden (against Hitler) in the beginning of 1940. http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 2&t=175078
Is this true, not true - or a question mark?