Hultet


After the Germans invaded Norway on April 9, 1940, a threat arose that Sweden would also be attacked. If a German attack became a reality, it was likely that it would come along the border in Dalsland and Värmland and therefore began construction of several defense facilities to meet a possible German attack. Construction of such a defence facility began outside Charlottenberg in the municipality of Eda, Värmland. This defenbce facility’s official name was redoubt 153 Hultet and was built in 1940 and 1941, but supplementary work continued until 1945. The redoubt was equipped with 2 anti-tank guns, several machine guns and rifle positions, shelters and was manned by more than 80 soldiers and commanders. The redoubt was surrounded by both tank barriers and barbed wire fences and its main task was to defend the access road to Charlottenberg to ”last man”.

Current status: Preserved with information boards (2016).

Location: 59° 55' 42 N,12° 22' 26 E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

It was not until 2000 that volunteers from Charlottenberg began to restore the redoubt and make it available for visits. The redoubt can be visited around the clock but between October and April some of the bunkers are closed. Despite the fact that the redoubt is located alongside the road, nature has over the years given it a fantastic camouflage that makes it virtually impossible to detect with the naked eye. In addition to the short, but comprehensive information board about the history of the channel, the village team has placed small information boards at several of the guards and bunkers that make the place very easy to visit. This time of readiness about a war that never came but could still become a reality and was very close to it is actually very interesting to visit. Unfortunately, it usually comes under the shadow of the real war on the other side of the border.

Follow up in books: Gilmour, John: Sweden, the Swastika and Stalin - The Swedish Experience in the Second World War (2011).