Thursday, January 13, 2011
Report from the North by Mad Missouri
North Front August 30th, 1946 By MM
From the Personal Diary of General Helge Jung,
Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces.
Today’s briefing was rather up beat. The British and the Americans have decided to trade coal for our iron ore so we will be able to heat our homes that winter. The news from the Finnish Front is good. Our aircraft are making it difficult for the Russians to move fuel forward, which is slowing there advance to a crawl.
The Russians learned a hard lesson last night. Two of Russian destroyers came within range of our coastal heavy artillery on the skane coast. Both were sunk, from what I am told 21cm and 15cm guns do not leave much left of a ship that size. The Navy thinks they were moving to the harbor in Copenhagen.
The British supplied early warning radar network goes on line next week. I hope this will allow us to counter the Russian bomber raids on Stockholm and Gothenburg. The new American antiaircraft guns are helping, but we need more warning.
The new m/40 pistols have been a disaster; close 100 officers injured before the report reach my desk. I have ordered all of them removed for service until the reasons for the failures can be found. We will have to make do with the old m/07 pistols for now. Who owns the rights to the P38 now that the Walther is no longer in business?
Look into this week.
The government still will not officially join the Americans and British in NATO. But the new Scandinavian defense union treaty is a first step. Every day more and more refugees arrive on our shores. We now have camps full of Germans, Poles, Danes, and people from the Baltic States. I worry about our ability to feed and house then this winter. The Americans have agreed to send us food for them but I still wish for a better solution. The Danish Government in Exile has now moved from London to Stockholm to be closer to the large number of Danish refugees fleeing here.
The Army is now at full strength: 10 Infantry Divisions, 2 motorized brigades, 3 armored brigades. The 1 bicycle brigade is being converted to another motorized brigade. Also we have 1 brigade of Danes, 1 brigade of Poles, and 2 brigades of Germans trained. Most importantly the equipment across the whole Army is now much more modern. We have replaced all the Strv m/42 tanks with modern British 77mm Comet and 75mm Churchill tanks. The 37mm anti-tank guns have been replaced by British 17 pdr Guns. Most importantly the Americans have sent large numbers of fine radios.
The Americans have delivered all 200 J 26 fighters. That type has now reequipped most of the front line fighter units. I am pushing for further order of 100 aircraft. The 3 new bomber units are fully trained on the new American Flying Fortress bombers. The British have agreed to the sell us 20 of their new Vampire jets, also they have agreed to a sell us a production license for the engine.
The Navy has largely solved the problems integrating the new ships into the fleet. So far we have received 1 American cruiser, 6 American destroyers, 3 British frigates, and 30 American torpedo boats. All are ready.
The King has approved the operations today. 3 Army Corp is ready. God willing we go next week.