Swedes at war : willing warriors of a neutral nation, 1914-1945 / Lars Gyllenhaal, Lennart Westberg ; translation by Carl Gustav Finstrom
- Bedford, Pa. : The Aberjona Press, ©2010
Includes bibliographical references (pages 344-389) and index
"From the mud and bloody hell of Flanders to forlorn battles in Siberia and bitter street fighting to the very heart of Berlin 1945. From Africa to the Arctic, fighting men from a country frowned upon for its 'cowardly' neutrality participated in all the crucial battles of World War I and II. Their homeland was Sweden, which has enjoyed almost two hundred years of peace ... despite Sweden's policy of neutrality, no fewer than 23,000 Swedish citizens went to war between 1914 and 1945 ... [this book] also puts an end to the myth that most Swedes enlisted in Hitler's forces. Only 200 joined the Waffen-SS or the Wehrmacht of 1939-1945. In the same period, 9,000 Swedish citizens joined the Americans, the British, the Norwegians, and the Poles. In addition, well over 200,000 men of Swedish descent served in US, British, Canadian, and Australian Armed Forces"--Page 4 of cover.
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