\ The World War II Photo of the Day


   9.2.2004


ENLARGE THE PHOTO


Swedish Propaganda
uncredited Swedish wire photo, dated December 1939

A Swedish artillery unit is the centerpiece of a staged photo showing Sweden's armed forces mobilizing against Russian invaders. The guns shown are antitank rifles of a tank-destroyer unit. The airplane is an old Swedish Air Force S6 (actually a Fokker C.V-D/E), and it looks pasted on. Note that the infantrymen, who seem to be riding in civilian cars (they would normally have ridden on horses), are not even distracted by the plane! The original caption leads off with a quote from the Swedish prime minister: "Sweden has not been to war in 300 years! But our readiness is good!" This photo was obviously designed to impress the population with proof of that readiness in the face of war.

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