Congo, with a “K”
This great photo by Åke Sandberg shows a thrilled Swedish UN soldier during the Congo Crisis in his fighting position. His personal weapon is the vaunted Kulsprutepistol MP45 subgun– known around the world as the “Swedish K” –while his heavy hitter is a belt-fed FN MAG.
Between May 1960 and May 1964, Sweden deployed nine rotational ONUC battalions to the Congo. A total of 6,334 Swedes served in the region, and 19 were killed.