Björn in Mångsbodarna 1961. Ref. 1
my graduation 1958, all boys at that time were called up for military
service. I chose to ask for a delay because of university studies in Stockholm because of searching for dentist line. Because
of that I was 1958 called in for a summer service at Revingehed. This was at part of
regiment I7 in Ystad and later named
P7. Here they normally learned the handle the battle
wagons. Sweden had some English Centurion
they used those very carefully. I was placed in the physician
platoon. This one had separate practice and less of all with battle
wagons. The closest in killing tools we came was a pistol of Walthers
production. According to my feeling a complete dangerous weapon as
it was to heavy for me.
Revinge was a good place as the ground was only of sand. To be out practicing was of that reason rather easy and also this special platoon was also handled very carefully comparing to other pioneer soldiers.
I, compared to most of the other boys was way down in my education and it should also later be shown that I didn't continued this study.
I was once punished to clean some tents. Sergeant Parfors who handled this punishing was a short and chubby man approved my work and I could go back to my room.
Once I went as a guard and got a blowing up for not sending away a man who wanted join service. At that time lone men often went back to there regiment because here they had good contacts, food and nice beds. Outside Revinge there is a long straight road. Here the Swedish racing authority had arrangement for speed records with racing cars.
Joakim Bonnier did hit a record here with a Maserati 200 S. This car Olle Leufve'n drove at Karlskoga 1967. It is the car in the middle. The Ferrari is my car. Read more in Cars MC. In any case this straight was a popular place for practicing marches. Most were of course hitch-hiking with the sand lorries who used this road.
I could also be nervous. During my guarding, I was sent to go with a
message about something I don't remember. Knocked on the door and was
going to do a delivery according to regulations. It went no better than
I stuttered and the officer asked me to go out again for making a new
try. Of course they who were sitting there had a good time for me. okay
it was accepted the second time.
I never became a dentist so my
military service continued in Jönköping. I was transferred there by
coincidence. This was depending of the three months I had done in
Revinge. I was from the beginning belonging to A1 Stockholm. I was
sent to A6 where they could take another 2. Because there was yet
another boy sent there. Number and name as they say I have forgotten. We
got a ticket to Jönköping and had to make ourselves known to a captain
Nyberg. He received us with hard hands and thought that we were some
criminal types that they didn't want to keep at A1. After a while he
backed hand greeted us welcome. I don't really remember how this first
contact ended. My mate didn't like military and went on with a bad back
and was sent home some time later.
week there were holidays. At that time most of us went home. South or
north. For the moment we were for training at the range of Skillingaryd.
I had some times driven there with my B-Ford 32. In this car I had
company with some
other boys when going home to the Stockholm area. There was no problem with
cold air. We were
young. The important thing was to go home. It also happened that we tried to hitch hiking. But you
never knew if you could come home. 1961 it was yet possible. Most
drivers had a good eye to military boys. It happened once that I got a
lift to my home. But it was an one of a kind. For me are names like Ljungarums Kyrka, Barnarp, Stigamo and Byarum way down in my memory. For
ex. 2 mm south M in Ljungarum. North
of Skillingaryd we had once a 2 days
exercise. In this there was an attack on the enemies sleeping quarter.
We got critics for bad shooting It had hit to high up. It should be that way even
if we did well. Then one man was "hurt" and had to be carried home. To
prevent him for walk by himself his shoes were painted with yellow
color. I was one of the lightest in our group. They did not take much care of the wounded one. It was almost dangerous to be
carried on the military stretcher. At the end of this training the mode
was really bad for everyone. Anything could have started a fight. The
boys from Skåne were most near the point.
Bengt B remember: I remember the horrible practice North Skillingaryd
close to the Christmas 1960. We slept in tent and it was -25° and the
fire in tent didn't function. Our commanders let the air out of
the tires of our lorries. Reason is that we had no guard. The
last test was to drag ammunition boxes filled with concrete. That was
the time to live.
also had some training on motorbikes. The training track was situated on
the practice field. To run bikes was very amusement. Everybody tried to
drive as much as possible. The bikes were Monark Blue Arrow 250 or CZ.
They were rather well used. We had to kick and run with them before they
It was always someone who
got good one. The responsible officer in machine room of course did his
best with them. No one of us had so much mechanical bike knowledge. All
of us were boys who were expected to continue to university. I should think
that it was here I got the taste of motoring interest. This woke
up 1983 and after my retirement.
If transportation with motorbikes was one type of movement,
transport for en exercise always began with control on the barrack
square, just to get the order "get ready, forward". We always drove
with ours 934 and got good knowledge of that truck. One thing, that was not god, was the air pressure brakes. It had no soft brake function, because the
wheels easily locked. This happened once at forest roads of Villingsberg when the driver had to make some braking. It was out in the
range. The car suddenly stopped and everybody sitting on the platform
body went forward and got some bruises. Then we barked at the driver who
couldn't help the incident. We did much deployment when building our net.
At the end of this period we were quite good doing this. It had
developed a system that those who were good at special things always
carried out that. I myself always handled the electric works on the
engine. It was a two stroke engine. I got now and then trouble
with the spark plug. When the lamps became dark it was always "Bellander
out and fix the engine!" I had always tools in my pocket. Multiple
knife, screw driver and an small wrench. Without these tool I wasn't
tours we made over the mountains were not always free from incidents. It
was hard wind with snow. I got a crack in my ski. I made it through
working with only one ski. Others who had broken had to continue with
the reserve tips. On such a tour we built an igloo or a simple
wind protection. This
time it was such a hard wind
that we could not finish it. The meaning was that we should eat our
food. This building was cancelled when we had come as far as the picture
shows. Then we continued and the group went downhill into the protecting
forest. Something that today youngsters won't do is to be
rope after a snow scooter or car. It
was very difficult and very often it became tumult behind the vehicle.
It was hard to keep the skis straight forward on the road. Downhill
training was to be done outside hotel ski slope. The most difficult with
that was to get a place in
the lift system. The cue
was far as one could see. This is a thing that is
put in order today (2006). Possibility was of course to go to the ski
bar of the hotel. Though I don't know if anyone did because I never
heard anyone boasting over that. About spirit I didn't hear of that. I
don't even remember that the boys made jokes about alcohol before going on
leave. Prepare food in a snowdrift one had to make it in a right way. It
is not the right way as the picture shows. It will not be sufficient
heat over for the food. To much heat is taken up by the snow. It takes
long time and all your meta tablets. Pulling reindeer sleigh was going
good as longs as the snow wasn't soft. Pulling upward on soft basis was
a hell. When going downhill with reindeer sleigh all pullers must have a
brakeman holding the rear otherwise you went into the nearest tree.
Mostly it was like a ski vacation with long resting periods. Remember
when Sergeant Major had parked on his skis for 30 minutes. I think
he felt it was a god time in the sun and no one of us said a word.
And on the last side as it should be a
group photo from our main education time. The next is from the first
refresher course in Trängslet.
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