Montage of Swedish military preparedness activities in World War II
Sweden Date:1940 Duration:1 min 7 sec Sound:Yes
Film opens with brief glimpse of Swedish soldiers (wearing M21 steel helmets) rushing to take positions in a defensive trench during World War 2. Scene shifts to infantry in combat gear, including shouldered blanket rolls, as they demonstrate ability to rapidly take up defensive positions. (Numerous automobiles parked in the background, indicating this is a demonstration.) Scene shifts to coastal defenses in Sweden, where heavy guns are seen firing from underground fortifications near a coastline. Swedish troops (wearing M37 steel helmets) firing a Browning M17 water-cooled machine gun from a protected position. Swedish troops (in M21 helmets) firing double-mounted Kulspruta m/36 water-cooled 8mm machine gun (modified Browning design dual mounted). Pattern of bullets splashing near floating targets offshore. Glimpse of a 29/33 M. 80mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun. Biplanes: Swedish J8 Gloster Gladiator MK I bi-wing pursuit aircraft seen flying low in formation over a grass field. Swedish T3 aircraft in formation. (These are Junkers Ju 86 K-13 aircraft built by SAAB, under license, and converted to torpedo bombers. They are flown by Swedish Wing F 17.) The pursuit planes stage mock attacks on the formation of T-3 bombers. Aerial closeups of a J8 in flight. Next, from very close up, one of the fuselage-mounted Browning .303 machine guns on a J8, is seen firing. Two of the bombers drop out of their formation and descend, as if they had been hit. (This is all a demonstration, carefully enacted.)
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