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Old May 5th, 2010, 06:58 PM   #1
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“Neutral” European countries during WWII


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qte “It is time for Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal and Spain to acknowledge that there were no truly neutral countries on the European continent during World War II. It is now time for those four nations to acknowledge that they were part of the Nazis' New Order and that they bear some responsibility for the tragic history of the Thirties and Forties.” End of qte
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Spain - yes. Spanish divisions fought for third reich
Portugal? no. Some involvment but just no interest for them to enter the war.
Switzerland - Ah yes... They are the true hustler's of the war. They make money off the allies AND nazies.

Sweden - Similar to portugal. Some trading, but nothing that gets them blamed. Deserves credit for helping Finland vs USSR.
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Sweden - Similar to portugal. Some trading, but nothing that gets them blamed. Deserves credit for helping Finland vs USSR.
Says who? The British were absolutely furious with them and actually took some action against the Swedish government.
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Ireland is missing on that list. Their president offered condolences to Nazi Germany's representative in Dublin over the death of Adolf Hitler.
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Even after sending both regular troops and volunteers to the eastern front against the USSR, Spain remained neutral for the full war.
Even if maybe a bit unenthusiastically, Portugal allowed the occupation of its Atlantic islands (the Azores & Madeira) by the Allies; even if technically neutral in the Pacific too, people from East Timor actually helped in the fight against Japan.
Sweden didn't ever help Finland against the USSR; many Swedish volunteers did so exclusively on their own against the explicit neutrality of their homeland.
Liechtenstein & the Vatican remained neutral too the full war; San Marino & Monaco, even if technically neutral, were in practice occupied by the Axis; even if neutral and unoccupied, Andorra was a unique case, because one of the co-Princes was the President of France, one of the main Allies.
The French republic of Vichy remained technically neutral while it kept any vestige of sovereignty.
Turkey remained neutral for most of WW2 and joined the Allies only until Feb. 23, 1945, when Germany was almost defeated and the war was already far from its borders.
Bulgaria remained technically neutral until the Soviet invasion of Sept. 1944, even if some of its troops supported the Axis in Yugoslavia & Greece.

That said, please remember that most minor European countries that eventually joined the Allied actually tried their best at the beginning and as long as possible to remain strictly neutral, until they were invaded by either the Axis or the USSR; that included Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, and Yugoslavia.
In other words, their main difference with the neutral countries mentioned above is that they were actually invaded.

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Imagine being stationed in Monaco for the duration of the conflict.

War is hell.
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Imagine being stationed in Monaco for the duration of the conflict.
I could not even imagine to live there to-day.
Monaco position during WW II was rather ambigous. In 1944, Raymond Aubrac wanted to annexe it, but De Gaulle refused.
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It is time that the Anti Defamation League acknowledges the war is long over, and embrace the possibility that it's to move forward.
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Spain - yes. Spanish divisions fought for third reich
Portugal? no. Some involvment but just no interest for them to enter the war.
Switzerland - Ah yes... They are the true hustler's of the war. They make money off the allies AND nazies.

Sweden - Similar to portugal. Some trading, but nothing that gets them blamed. Deserves credit for helping Finland vs USSR.
Switzerland had no choice but to help Hitler. They imported all their coal from Germany and France. If the supply was cut the country would have lasted about a week.

Sweden gave enough trade to Germany not to be invaded, though it's debatable if Germany was capable of taking Sweden at all, and definately not after 43. Even when the war was lost and there was no threat whatsoever to Sweden she kept aiding Germany.

When Russia invaded Finland, Sweden blocked British and French aid to the Finns and at the end of the war refused numerous allied requests to help with the liberation of Norway.


Also worth remembering Britain invaded Iceland
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Spain and Sweden neutral in WWII ?... mmmm .... I wouldn't be so sure.
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