Latin America in WWII
Axis activity (pt. II):
Almost all of the Latin American states had to respond to Axis espionage activity. Mexico, and to a lesser extent Brazil, cooperated with the United States in shutting down Axis cells. Chile and Argentina, on the other hand, allowed enemy agents to operate in their countries for most of the war, which was a source of considerable discord between the two nations and the United States.
Many of the Latin American states also had to deal with large numbers of immigrants from Axis countries. Colombia, for example, had a population of about 4,000 German immigrants in 1941, as well as a small village of Japanese farmers in Cauca. Many of the Germans in Colombia were involved in the air transportation industry as employees of SCADTA, so the United States was concerned that they might be engaged in espionage or even plot to convert civilian aircraft into bombers for an attack against the Panama Canal. As a result, the United States government pressured Colombia into monitoring and interning the immigrants or, in some cases, deporting them to the United States. The same occurred in other Latin American countries as well.
The threat of German and Spanish espionage was much more real. Throughout much of the war, the Germans operated spy networks in all of the most prominent countries of the region, including Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and others. Operation Bolivar, as it was called, was centered on clandestine radio communications from their base in Argentina to Berlin in Germany, but it also utilized Spanish merchant vessels for the shipment of paper-form intelligence back to Europe.
Credit to wikipedia.org for the information.
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Today the National Historical Arms Museum looks at the Suomi M37/39. The M37/39 is a Swedish variant of the Finish Suomi Kp31. The main difference is that the M37/39 is chambered in 9x19mm Luger and has a shorter barrel than the Finish Kp31.
The M37/39 is a submachine gun manufactured under license by the Swedish Husqvarna Vapenfabrik. It fires from an open bolt at a cyclic rate of 900 rounds per minute and is fed from a 20, 36 or 50 round detachable box magazine or from a 40 or 71 round drum magazine.
The M37/39 can be fired semi or full auto and the selector/safety switch can be found in front of the trigger guard.
The Suomi submachine guns were used in service well into the 1980’s with Scandinavian military forces. Some small alterations were made during their years of service. For example, during the 50’s, the M37/39 was modified to accept the Carl Gustav M/45 magazines.
The model of the M37/39 in the pictures was carried by a Danish resistance fighter during WW2. The stock can be detached by twisting a knob on the right side. This made the gun easier to conceal during covert operations.
The Suomi M37/39, because every artifact has a story.
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