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Original Swedish WWII Winter Overcoat for Lieutenant General Lundkuist of the Royal Guards

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful heavy wool coat which is attributed to a Swedish Army Lieutenant General who served during WWII. Now we haven’t been able to find anything on this general, but that doesn’t mean you won’t. This is a wonderful candidate for research because there weren’t too many Swedish Generals in the 1940s.
 
The coat is of a heavy gray wool construction with dark gold metal piping around the color and shoulder boards. The color has changed significantly over the years from wear, use and storage and now they are almost brown in color. The rank and insignia on the shoulders match both sides, they are the insignia for Gustav V’s Royal Guards, followed by 3 bronze stars. There is no damage inside or out. The left sleeve appears to have had some sort of arm band sewn into it, the stitching is still present. The Swedish manufacturer’s tag can be found on the inside right pocket. The General’s name can be found handwritten on this tag with the date 1940. The overall condition is excellent and completed with all buttons, buckles and pins!
 
Ready for display in your WWII Swedish collections!
 
Sweden In WWII
Sweden maintained its policy of neutrality during World War II. When the war began on 1 September 1939, the fate of Sweden was unclear. But by a combination of its geopolitical location in the Scandinavian Peninsula, realpolitik maneuvering during an unpredictable course of events, and a dedicated military build-up after 1942, Sweden kept its official neutrality status throughout the war. At the outbreak of hostilities, Sweden had held a neutral stance in international relations for more than a century, since the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1814 and the invasion of Norway.
 
At the outbreak of war in September 1939, twenty European nations were neutral. Sweden was one of only nine of these nations to maintain this stance for the remainder of the war, along with Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the microstates of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Vatican City, and San Marino. The Swedish Government made a few concessions, and sometimes breached the nation's neutrality in favor of both Germany and, later, the Western Allies.
 
During the German invasion of the Soviet Union (June–July 1941), Sweden allowed the Wehrmacht to use Swedish railways to transport the German 163rd Infantry Division along with heavy weapons from Norway to Finland. Until 1943, German soldiers traveling on leave between Norway and Germany were allowed passage through Sweden—the so-called permittenttrafik. Iron ore was sold to Germany throughout the war and Germany owned several mines in Sweden that had been bought by German companies before the outbreak of the war. These mines were called Tyskgruvorna (German mines). For the Allies, Sweden shared military intelligence and helped to train soldier refugees from Denmark and Norway, to be used in the liberation of their home countries. It also allowed the Allies to use Swedish airbases between 1944 and 1945.
 
Swedish neutrality remains a subject of debate. Proponents argue that during the war, Sweden softened its policy against accepting refugees, admitting thousands of Jews and political dissenters from Norway and Denmark. Opponents however highlight, as Winston Churchill did, that Sweden “ignored the greater moral issues of the war and played both sides for profit"
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