Den Danske Brigade i Sverige - DANFORCE (The Danes in Sweden) 1943-45
A most peculiar unit...
Sweden was officially neutral during WWII, and was spared the devastation that other European countries suffered at the hands of Nazi-Germany and her allies. Bordering Denmark, Norway, Finland and with Germany across the sea, Sweden was caught between warring nations, trade interests and international politics. In the following, I will try to shed some light on one of the most interesting violations of the principle of "neutrality" I personally have encountered during WWII.
The Swedish government both equipped and trained not one, but two independent foreign military units - meant for the war against Germany.
A Brigade (4700 men) of Danish troops (DANFORCE) and a much larger (>13500 men) of Norwegian troops (Reservepolitiet - aka.: "De Norske Polititropper i Norge").
The Beginning (1943):
Growing numbers (1943-April 1945):
Home again (May 1945 - Autumn 1945):
Uniforms and equipment, a short introduction:
Sources, research and more: