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"Swedish cowards" is a myth

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Initial post: Apr 27, 2010 9:30:27 AM PDT
If you are a Swede or a Swedish-American you may have been told that "Swedes were cowards" during WWII, "not fighting Hitler" etc. Well, the truth about the Swedish stance is not only what the Swedish government did and did not. To get the full picture one should examine also how Swedish citizens sided during the war. When my friend Lennart Westberg and I started this project we had no idea we would find so many fighting Swedes. Check them out in our book, just released in English: Swedes at War: Willing Warriors of a Neutral Nation, 1914-1945

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 5:59:07 AM PST
Yes... During the 1600's to 1800's, the Russians feared the Swedes.
The Swedes won battles where it was 1000 swedes against 5000 russians..

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012 12:52:29 AM PDT
Oregongirl says:
I'm (Swedish) American and wasn't taught that the Swedes were WWII cowards but I will look into your book as the subject interests me.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012 1:04:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 2, 2012 1:05:12 AM PDT
The myth about Swedish cowards was most spread during and just after the world wars. Nowadays it is probably only really "alive" in Britain and, strangely enough, Sweden.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012 1:23:52 AM PDT
Oregongirl says:
Oh that is interesting. What I was taught mostly is that the Americans won the war. The Yanks saved everyone. Thankfully that myth or perception is waning and a better balanced view of it is being taught. Oddly I've never heard this 'Yanks saved everyone' perception perpetuated by the WWII veterans themselves. Ever. Just in the textbooks and Hollywood.

We are improving however.
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