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Sunday, February 5th, 2006, 09:55 AM
"The world would emerge from the fires of war to find not the peace she hungered for but the netherworld of the Cold War."

Timeline, Articles, Biographies, Nations and Conflicts from Versailles to the Cold War.


Monday, February 6th, 2006, 09:15 PM
Whoever fights with poison gas will be fought with poison gas." Adolf

I thought Adolf made use of poison gas illeagel by any means and was Iceland occupied by USA at 2nd world war?:scratch:

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, 12:11 AM
I thought Adolf made use of poison gas illeagel by any means:scratch:

Yes, poison gas was supposedly outlawed for usage in WWII. However, the Allies broke this agreement (along with many others) when they dropped Napalm gas on Dresden in Feb. of 1945 (and other German cities after Feb. 1945). Napalm had just been invented by scientists at Harvard and the Allies decided to try it out on a civilian population, yet another broken rule.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, 12:21 AM
was Iceland occupied by USA at 2nd world war?:scratch:

Maybe the Icelanders can add something here, but this is what Wikipedia had to say about the situation in Iceland during WWII:

"German occupation of Denmark on April 9, 1940, severed communications between Iceland and Denmark. As a result, on April 10, the Parliament of Iceland, Al■ingi, elected to take control of foreign affairs into its own hands, electing a provisional governor, Sveinn Bj÷rnsson, who later became the republic's first president. During the first year of World War II Iceland strictly enforced a position of neutrality, taking action against both British and German forces violating the laws of neutrality. On May 10, 1940, British military forces sailed into ReykjavÝk harbour, beginning the invasion and occupation of Iceland by Allied forces in violation of international law, which would last throughout the war. The government issued a protest, but if the authorities ever had any thoughts of mounting a defence, they were made impossible by the fact that most of the country's police force was in a training camp some distance from the capital. Many Icelanders, however, were relieved when they discovered that the invading force was British, not German. On the day of invasion, prime minister Hermann Jˇnasson read a radio announcement telling Icelanders to treat the foreigners as they would treat their guests. The government quickly adopted a policy, similar to the Danish one, of cooperation with the occupying forces.

At the peak of their occupation of Iceland, the British had around 25,000 troops stationed in Iceland, all but eliminating unemployment in the ReykjavÝk area and other strategically important places. In July 1941, responsibility for Iceland's defence passed to the United States under a U.S.-Icelandic defence agreement. The British needed all the forces they could muster closer to home and thus coerced Al■ingi into agreeing to an American occupation force. This time around, there were up to 40,000 soldiers in the island, thus outnumbering all grown Icelandic men. (At the time, Iceland had a population of around 120,000.)

Following a plebiscite, Iceland formally became an independent republic on June 17, 1944. Since Denmark was still occupied by Nazi Germany many Danes felt offended that the step should have been taken at this time. Despite this the Danish king, Christian X, sent a message of congratulations to the Icelandic people."