Parsetjärn


About ten kilometres southwest of Ed in Dalsland lies Parsetjärns defense position. Construction of redoubt began in the spring of 1940, when a possible German invasion from Norway could not be ruled out. It was expanded and completed in 1943. The redoubt was established along a country road that crosses the border into Norway. In the event of a German invasion, the road had probably been used by the germans and it was the task of this redoubt to protect the road. The redoubt consisted of two fixed points, one south of Parsetjärn and one north. The northern redoubt is located on a mountain hill overlooking Parsetjärn and consisted of foxholes, mortar guns, armored cannon fences, tank obstacles, storm obstacles and shelters. Part of the redoubt was built into the rock and where needed, the construction was supplemented with concrete.

Current status: Preserved with information board (2016).

Location: 58° 52' 44" N 11° 49' 45" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The southern redoubt is not there anymore, but the northern one remains. The redoubt is open to visitors and it’s positions is bound together by small paths, making it easy to orient yourself on the site. Too bad there is no way to go into the defense nests. But since the redoubt is so well preserved as it is, it gives a good insight into how an intended attack from the German side would be stopped, or at least delayed.

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