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Remembered Today:

Socks, Sütterlin, & Other Musings

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How to Smuggle Rubber, Scandi Style

During the war, rubber was in short supply in Europe. Submarine warfare complicated marine trade and merchant vessels were converted for military service, meaning that they could no longer service the civilian economy. A chronic shortage of materials like coffee, leather, wool, and rubber ensued. These shortfalls were felt around Europe, in neutral countries as well as belligerent nations. In Scandinavia, smugglers recognised this golden opportunity and seized it. Throughout the war, contra

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How Dandelions Saved Norway in 1918

In 1918, Norway was in trouble. World War I was raging across Europe, and although this Scandinavian backwater zealously guarded its neutrality, the conflict could not be kept entirely at bay. The war cut the country off from the maritime trade that had sustained it for centuries and Norway descended into a period known as dyrtiden—literally, “the expensive time.” On 13 January, a new rationing system came into effect. It limited the purchase and consumption of sugar, coffee, grain, and fl

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German POWs in Norway, 1917-1918

WITH THANKS TO ALL THE CONTRIBUTORS IN THIS THREAD, ESPECIALLY CHARLIE2 AND JWK. Please see this post for the spreadsheet, compiled by JWK, containing the names of almost all the German POWs who came to Norway. And without further ado... When the Great War began in August 1914, Norway had been an independent country for less than a decade. The young nation’s government immediately issued a declaration of “absolute neutrality.” While there was no guarantee that the Great Powers would re

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