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January 19 2006 at 10:44 PM
von Adler 

Response to fascinating - Swedish export policies?


Well, we did impound anything ordered, but that was mainly because we needed weapons desperately and could not staisfy our own needs fast enough when war broke out.

We did provide strategic materials, such as iron ore and ball bearings of high quality both to the British and to the Germans. We also fronted deals for the Finns, although it was mostly supply variants.

It was a time of realpolitik. We spent precious strategic raw materials and gold to buy weapons from Italy (ships and planes) and Germany (rifles, pistols, SMGs, artillery, AT guns, among them our own designs (bofors) the Germans had captured from licence producers such as Austria and Poland).

Fighters were a top priority for Sweden in 1940, I am sure we woudl have abnstained some artillery and other things had the Netherlands been able to deliver. Combine that with precious strategic raw materials and I am sure the Swedish government would be all over the deal.

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