[quote=“sksvlad”]Doc, I have 3 questiuons:
- These cartridges had an anvil problem. Did Danes disassemble already loaded ammo, fix the problem and put them together again or they got all separate components and proceeded with the fix? I assume they got projectiles from Sweden, does this mean Swedish-made ammo has a problem?
- I have a what is called here Danish Garand, a used WWII gun given to Danmark after WWII and re-worked to be fully functional. Danmark is a small country. How many guns did they need? Why did they ask for bolt action Swedes? A semi-auto Garand would look more appealing, especially after what must have looked like a a big win against mighty Germany? Garand was touted as one of the reasons, remember the poster “The M-1 does my talking”?
[color=#BF0000]After 29th august 1943 the German occupiers confiscated all the M/89 rifles they could find. The story goes that they were given to, among others, concentration camps guards. After the Danish Brigade came home with their swedish equipment we borrowed some more rifles. The shooting community had to do the same, so a lot of M/96 and M/38 rifles ended up here. The force helping out in Germany, had british equipment, since they worked in the british occupation zone. In 1949 we joined NATO and got Garands as part of the MAP programme. The home guard took over the swedish Mausers until they got their M/53(17) = US Model of 1917 around 1954-55.
When the Garand was replaced by G3 (M/75) they were returned to the US, some with a new barrel, marked with (crown)VAR = Vaabenarsenalet.
3. I understand how Danmark, being small next to Germany and having previous wars over their border, felt uncomfortable, but why did they think Germany would rise again, being bombed out and totally occupied? Surely, if Germany could rebel and defeat occupying Allies, a few thousand Swedish rifles would not matter? Police? But there was no petty crime!! Remember the joke that if you lose your wallet in Danmark, there would be a policeman posted next to it. Why? To protect it until you come back.[/quote]
[color=#BF0000]In 1946 we had realised that the main threat to western Europe lay to the east and that threat had a fully functional military force, unlike the smoldering heap of rubble to the south.