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Första divisionen (1941)

The year is 1941 and Nazi Germany is at its peak. Hitler's army is storming into Russia. Sweden stands lonely and isolated while the air force is training intensely due to a coming attack. ... See full summary »

Director:

Hasse Ekman

Writers:

Hasse Ekman (a film by), Alvar Zacke (a film by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lars Hanson ... Överste Ståhlberg
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Kapten Hansson
Stig Järrel ... Löjtnant Sperling
Hasse Ekman ... Fänrik Bråde
Emil Fjellström ... Fanjunkare Persson
Ragnar Falck ... Sergeant Johansson
Carl Reinholdz ... Furir Karlsson
Irma Christenson ... Mona Falkstedt
Britta Brunius ... Greta
Linnéa Hillberg ... Fru Bråde
Hugo Björne ... Ögonspecialisten
Kotti Chave ... Löjtnant Billman
Bror Bügler ... Dr Fallenius
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The year is 1941 and Nazi Germany is at its peak. Hitler's army is storming into Russia. Sweden stands lonely and isolated while the air force is training intensely due to a coming attack. The squadron leader pushes his men at its hardest. It's a constant game with death where death unfortunately often wins. Written by nL {ni_la2000@hotmail.com}

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Drama | War

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At the farewell dinner for Lt. Sperling, the colonel proposes a toast to him, and tells his fellow officers to drain their glasses, "Air Force style". Immediately thereafter, Sperling rises to reply and proposes a toast, too. Now, however, all the glasses are seen to contain liquid (despite the fact that no mess waiter has refilled them). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Yellow Squadron (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Kavaljersvisa från Värmland
Lyrics by Sten Selander (partially)
Sung by Gunnar Sjöberg and male choir
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Background
28 January 2004 | by jonar242See all my reviews

During the early stages of WWII, Sweden's Air Force was a sheer catastrophy. The plane were substandard to any enemy. Because of the neutrality policy, Sweden then decided to build planes of thier own, mainly through SAAB (Which means Swedish Aero Inc, car production started after the war).

The first division is using B 5, the Swedish designation for the Northrop 8A-1. One plane was bought from the USA in 1937 and 102 built under licence in Sweden. In Sweden it was used as a dive-bomber, despite the fact that Northrop, later Douglas, adviced against this. It was slow and vulnerable against fighter, so it was taken of duty as bomber in 1944.

The film is interesting against this backdrop. One theme of the film is the heroic pilot who never is sure if the next mission is fatal or not. This was surely the case, even without fighting, given the poor planes Sweden had. Therefore the film could also be percieved as a bit of propaganda, as the audience dit not know about the problems but were thrilled to see the brave Swedish pilots in action as a reassurance against any threat from Germany.


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

6 September 1941 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Første Flyverdivision See more »

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Production Co:

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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