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A woman hitting a Neo-Nazi with her handbag, Sweden, 1985. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor.

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I love the mouth agape look of disbelief on the guy’s face in the back right. 

The photo was taken at a provocative demonstration by ten Neo-Nazis at the corner of Norrgatan-Kronobergsgatan in Växjö (very close to another demonstration by the communist party). The Nazis were attacked by the public and chased to the Växjö train station where they locked themselves in the bathroom – and had to be rescued by police.

his is a news segment on Swedish television of the event. (Skip to 0:37)

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A Swedish volunteer in the Winter War. Northern Finland, February 20, 1940.

Trigger finger mittens may be the single greatest invention ever. Sans the Mosin Nagant.

Trigger finger mittens may be the single greatest invention ever. Sans the Swedish Mauser.

I think people normally say that this is a photo of Simo Häyhä (since you can’t even flipping mention the Winter War on the Internet without people thinking of him.) But I compared the rifle, Häyhä used Finnish M/28 Mosin Nagant variant and the one in the photo is a M96 Swedish mauser in 6.5X55 (which is a truly amazingly accurate rifles and some of the best Mausers ever built.)

  • It should also be noted that while he undoubtably was an excellent shot, the circumstances of the Winter War gave him more opportunities to more or less have a duck-shoot of enemy soldiers than most snipers would ever have. The infamous Soviet human wave tactics were apparently used to a bizarre amount during this war because of the incompetence and desperation of the Soviet command.
    • Background: The Winter War was a military conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland in 1939–1940. It began with Soviet invasion of Finland on 30 November 1939 (three months after the outbreak of World War II), and ended with the Moscow Peace Treaty on 13 March 1940. The League of Nations deemed the attack illegal and expelled the Soviet Union from the League on 14 December 1939.

The biggest fire in Swedish history left the city of Sundsvall in ruins, 1888.

It took 9 hours for the fire to bring down the whole city. Five people died that day and more than 9000 people became homeless.

It took 9 hours for the fire to bring down the whole city. Five people died that day and more than 9000 people became homeless.


Traffic safety being taught in Swedish school, 1943

I don't understand why none of them are wearing shirts. Sweden is not renowned for its year-round warmth, and more importantly they are at school having a road safety lesson.  I cannot, for the life of me, work out why they are only half-clothed.

I don’t understand why none of them are wearing shirts. Sweden is not renowned for its year-round warmth, and more importantly they are at school having a road safety lesson. I cannot, for the life of me, work out why they are only half-clothed.

 


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