Foreign News: Band Wagon

On invasion eve Portugal finally came through, banned all shipments of tungsten ore (also called wolfram, necessary in hardening steel) to Germany. Just after invasion, Sweden agreed to choke off an important German supply source. Sweden's SKF cut total ball-bearing shipments to Germany by one fifth. The withheld fifth included practically all Swedish bearings for Nazi tanks and planes.


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