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Sweden: Covers: Military Covers - 1935 Saar Battalion  
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Following WWI, the highly industrialized Saar region, between Germany and France, was placed under the control of the League of Nations. [Wikipedia and other sources...] France wanted the economic and extensive mineral (coal and iron) resources as reparations. However, the population was mostly Germanic. Until a plebescite referendum planned for early 1935, France received economic control, while the area was administered by the LoN. As the referendum appraoched, LoN peacekeeping forces from the UK, Netherlands, Italy, and Sweden, deployed in the Saar area to assist in controlling the situation. The Swedish force consisted of only 261 people, arriving 22 December 1934 and departing 18 February 1935. The vote was taken on 13 January, with 90.3% of the votes to remain with Germany. The Swedish forces operated their own military postal system, using Swedish stamps, and with a "SVENSKA BATALJONEN / SAAR" postmark, registered mail (and special Saar registry label), etc. With so few members and less than two months in the field, mail from the Swedish battalion is unusual, but not rare; most seen is philatelic mail from the soldiers, often with a variety of stamps -- private/commericial mail is very scarce.
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"SVENSKA BATALJONEN / SAAR" 9 February 1935 postmarks on ten different early (1892-1934) Swedish stamps on registered cover, with matching special Saar Battalion registry label, sent to Sweden. Philatelically inspired, as are most of the Saar Battalion covers. With only 261 battalion members and less than two months deployed, any examples are unusual. Very dramatic and interesting!
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"SVENSKA BATALJONEN / SAAR" 15 February 1935 postmarks on the complete coil set of six different 500th Anniversary of Swedish Parliament (Riksdagen) stamps, Scott #242-7. Affixed to a piece of local stationery "Merzip-Saar" and neatly individually canceled with VF or better strikes. The Swedish Saar Battalion was part of an international peacekeeping force during the Saar Plebiscite, deciding if the Saar area would become part of France or Germany. We know that there were at least a couple philatelists in the Swedish contingent; fortunately as they created some interesting items that would otherwise not exist. With only 261 battalion members and less than two months deployed, any examples are unusual. Very dramatic and interesting! These cancellations would fetch $12-15 each if cut into six pieces.
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