State of High Alert
(38) The automatic anti-aircraft gun, Model 36, was presented to the City of Malmö. This was made possible by donations administered by the Malmö Air Defence Association, “Malmö Luftförsvarsförening”. (59) The gun’s commemorative plaque is placed in the glass cabinet along with other articles from Lv 4. The gun is an early version of the Swedish world-famous Bofors 40 mm anti-aircraft gun.
(42) The shooting down of a German aircraft in Sövde in May 1944. During the period 1939-45, a total of 350 aircraft made emergency landings in Sweden, 189 of which occurred in Scania. (43) Several objects are shown here including German emergency equipment and information in connection with these incidents. (43) Several objects are shown here including German emergency equipment and information in connection with these incidents.
(44) On 3rd September 1939, the Swedish Government announced a State of High Alert and thereby a standby period commenced that was to continue until May 1945.
. (45) A 500 km chain of fortifications along the coastline was commissioned to protect the country from possible invasion. It was called the Per-Albin Line after the Prime Minister at that time. The defence system consisted of a large number of concrete bunkers for machine guns, cannons and observation.
(46) You are now walking through an interior depicting a Swedish home and how it might have looked during the high alert standby period. Notice the suitcase, packed and ready with the most necessary articles in case of emergency evacuation.