It is known that the Third Reich transported ore (one of its most important strategic raw materials) from the Gällivare and Kiruna mines in northern Sweden, mainly via the port of Narvik along the Norwegian coast. This was the so-called western route. In addition to this route, there was also an eastern route through the Baltic Sea. However, it was only open in the summer, as the Baltic Sea freezes in the north. Iron ore was transported by this route from the mines mentioned above from the Gulf of Bothnia via the port of Luleå between May and November. Another alternative was ore from the Bergslagen mines, shipped via the port of Oxelösund, south of Stockholm, which only freezes from January to March, but the amount of ore was far too small for Germany's needs. The reason given for this was poor capacity of rail transport. This begs the question of why couldn't the rail transport have been arranged in such a way that the iron ore could have been transported to the southern part of Sweden in the necessary quantities and then safely transported from the ice-free ports to Germany? If there are not enough railways or they have a low transport capacity, there always is a way of solving this problem, especially as it was an important matter for Germany and also very useful for Sweden. And if it could not be done, then I wonder why. For instance, during the war against the Soviets, Germany built thousands of kilometers of railway just by changing the Russian gauge standard to the European standard. What was the problem with arranging the transport of ore through Swedish territory, where no enemies were in the way? Is shipping along such a dangerous route along the Norwegian coast really a better solution? And after all, if not railways, there is such a thing as icebreakers. Couldn't the Nazis have made and used them to cut a path through the frozen sea? The western route is both much longer and very dangerous in terms of enemy attacks, so it would be very interesting to know why the eastern route could not have been arranged to be the main route, as it would have been safe in the first place, and also closer. And finally, the ore would not only come from the Gällivare and Kiruna mines, as was the case with Narvik, but also from the mines in the Bergslagen region, which would make the total amount of ore coming in even greater! Was it not worth the money and effort for such a task? Especially given the enormous sums of money that Germany often spent on various Utopian projects. So it would be interesting to know what people think about this. Maybe somebody has some explanations or material to show why it was this way and not the other way around, whether there was any discussion in Germany on this issue, etc.