Nazi holdouts and the invasion of Iceland

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  1. Greenleft

    Greenleft Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2013
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    I found these facts about World War 2 interesting. My source is Wikipedia, so feel free to correct me or add to the little I contribute here.

    So the post war Japanese holdouts are well known, but few know about the German holdouts. There are at least 2 but if you count the Flensburg government that would make it 3. Victory in Europe day is May 8th for most of the Allied forces and May 9th for the Soviet Union. But the successor Nazi government led by Karl Donitz was captured on May 23rd 1945.

    However there were 2 German holdouts: A garrison on the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog surrendered on June 11th 1945. Apparently the Canadian forces responsible for the area did not think it necessary to use force and instead had a negotiated surrender. The second holdout was a garrison in the far north Norwegian islands of Svalbard who surrendered on September 4th 1945. The story there was geographically it was so remote, that information of the war came there late and the Germans could not actually contact or physically get to the mainland.

    The second interesting fact is the invasion of Iceland. Iceland was a neutral country the way Switzerland and Sweden were. But geographically their location was vital for fighting the German navy in the Atlantic. So the British invaded and overthrew the neutral government in 1940. There was only one casualty: a British solider committed suicide on the way to Iceland. There was no fighting on the island. Only standoffs with local police.

    While the actions of the allied forces cannot be compared to Nazi Germany, it's interesting that the "good guys" violated a country's sovereignty.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2018
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  2. kazenatsu

    kazenatsu Well-Known Member Donor

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    The British also violated Denmark's sovereignty during the Napoleonic wars.
    There was a rumor the French were planning to expropriate the Danish fleet of merchant ships to put them to military use, so the British preemptively struck first and seized the ships.
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