From: My Mother, although my Father had some small part.
Neutrality... we tried it. Didn’t work out so well.
Well. It also depends on your neighbours. And your ability to fight back. Alone, or with help.
Our ability to fight back ? We’re screwed...
Help ? We had the French rushing to our defense ... yeah, we’re even more screwed...
I think we were rather good during the first years of WWII to fake that we had a good defence. And later on, when this got more dicey, we actually had a decent defence. And Germany didn't really have a lot of extra units over to invade Sweden at that point.
For example, my grandfather got called into the Army during the German invasion of Norway. He was sent to the Norwegian border. Once there he was sent to guard the border. He complained that he hadn't been given any weapon so they gave him a stick that was supposed to look as a rifle from the distance... He could, from time to time, see the German guards in the distance...
Note that one reason for the rifle shortage was because the Swedish rifles in the reserve storage had been 'sold' to Finland and had yet to be fully replaced.
I haven’t read on the subject for a long time, but as far as I remember, only the Allied powers had plans to occupy the iron-mining region of Sweden, as the Germans were all too happy to buy the ore.
The United States sold half a million rifles to the UK after Dunkirk. Then, when the US mobilized and drafted a military, the men trained with broomsticks because there were not enough rifles to go around. Not only that, the rifles sold to the UK were a different caliber than their usual rifles so they equipped the Home Guard. Artillery went as well. You can see the result of that in the Pacific . . .
Anni-Frid Prinzessin Reuss von Plauen is the result of the German occupation of Norway, Narvik specifically.
Seek peace but keep your gun handy.
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
“Illegitemus non carborundum est (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”).”
― Julia Child