Armémuseum

February 8, 2015

I met up with Jasper and we decided to pay a visit to the Army museum here in Stockholm. I’ve been outside the museum once before, when I photographed the Stockholm Zombie Walk 2014. I had been interested in visiting this museum for some time, but just haven’t had the time.

As we got in to the museum, we noticed that old war things were on the third floor, modern war on the second floor and temporary installments on the first. Neither of us are really interested in pre-twentieth century war, but seeing as we had paid the 80kr entrance fee, we might as well go through everything.

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Planet of the apes?

Interestingly enough, the third floor started with a statue of monkeys fighting each other, I personally got a “The planet of the apes” feeling about it. In the next room there was a large Soviet nuclear warhead — which I’m guessing has been stripped of its armaments a long time ago.

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The warhead for an SS-4 Sandal theatre ballistic missile

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Horse riders

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Torture had its own room.

As we kept going through room after room, most containing either statues or swords, I, personally, got a bit bored. There’s just so and so many swords you can look at before it gets dull.

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A Swedish WWII uniform

I was pretty happy when we were done with the third floor. We went down and entered modern war — starting off with the second world war. Naturally the theme was mostly about the Germans, and they had quite a lot on display. The thing that grabbed most of my attention was the Siemens & Halske T52, also known as the Geheimfernschreiber. Although not as famous as the Enigma, it was pretty cool to look at an all mechanical encryption type writer.

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Siemens & Halske T52

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They also had a some machine guns on display. Though sadly I fail to remember what models they were, Jasper had a field day playing around with them.

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Can’t remember make and model, but I do remember that this was an anti-armour machine gun — on skis.

Soon we left the second world war and the theme of the cold war started. And what better way to present it than a hazmat suit for a child?

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They had a few other interesting things on display, some videos going about the first nuclear bomb etc. At the end of the second floor we entered current time.

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A 110mm armour plated that’s been pierced.

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A Swedish made missile.

The last room was filled with different types of guns, and a SAGEM Sperwer UAV.

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The first floor had a gift shop and, supposedly, temporary exhibitions, though we couldn’t find any. All in all, I can’t say that it was well spent money, although it was fun to spend a day with Jasper doing something besides drinking coffee.

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