Neutrals in WW2 - Page 2




 
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December 26th, 2004  
Darcia
 
Yeah A Few Nations even did that in WW1, got to hand it to um though. They lose almost no soilders and still get on the winning side.
December 26th, 2004  
Big_Z
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guaripa
Spain realized that the last thing they needed was to go to war, since they had a country to rebuild. However they did join the Reich by allowing the formation of the Blau Div.

As a neutral country, they understood that a debt was owed for Germany's assistance in the civil war. There was a mutual respect, between AH and Franco, one of the many reasons AH never invaded Spain. AH also respected the Spanish soldier, so much , the 25oth was the only Div. AH commissioned a medal for them.

Gen. Franco had no plans to re-create the Spanish Empire, he could have started with Portugal if that was the case. Therefore he was not the classic Facista, as many tend to believe. As promised to Nixon, he re-instituted the Crown, and created a Middle-Class, both non-existant in 30's and 40's.

The Swiss also had contracts to manufacture items for the Germans,

Bare in mind that many of the countries that were also occupied, had their own NS parties, and many had no problems witht he Germans being there, it was not until the Allied Countries decided to fund terrorist organizations (they were called Partisans those days) that things started to get bad.
Partisans were not terrorist, they only attacked the German military. terrorist attack anyone including their own.
December 27th, 2004  
Damien435
 
 
Switzerland was an ally of Germany, official or not, German troops and trade went right through Switzerland, lots of German gold was stored in Swiss banks and the most glary fact, the Swiss build more bombs for Germany than Germany did, but the allies could do nothing because we did not want to violate their neutrality.

And plus the Swiss made impossible requirements for the Jews to get their possessions back after the war.
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December 27th, 2004  
Darcia
 
Yeah the Swiss where in a good position to have some power at the end of WW2 since they had alot of gold stored in thier nation.
October 31st, 2005  
CanadianCombat
 
 
The Swedish would have joined the Germans because they were already making tanks for the axis and Finland was an axis, and norway was half and half. Sweden would have seen the neibgours mostly on the axis so they would have joined Germany.
October 31st, 2005  
sunb!
 
 
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Originally Posted by CanadianCombat
The Swedish would have joined the Germans because they were already making tanks for the axis and Finland was an axis, and norway was half and half. Sweden would have seen the neibgours mostly on the axis so they would have joined Germany.
What do you mean by Norway was half and half? Quisling was a puppet - Joseph Therboven ran the show and he was made Reichskommissar on April 24, 1940, when it became clear that a more authoritarian administration was needed. Quisling's coup d'čtat was a disaster politically speaking for himself.

Sweden had thight connections to both Germany and Norway, Swedish iron ore was shipped to Germany through the port of Narvik. Many jews, resistance personell and other refugees fled through Sweden to England but as well many were turned back to face German captivity.

It might be said that the 400.000 men German army in Norway had influence on Swedish politics but in my opinon Sweden would have stayed neutral but played their cards as best suited.
October 31st, 2005  
Damien435
 
 
Simple answer, they all would have sided with Germany. Sweden because they were surrounded on multiple sides by axis nation, Turkey because of their hatred for Russia, Spain because their government recieved aid from Germany and was already in the process of making an alliance, Switzerland was pretty much another german annexation, towards the end of the war more munitions for the war effort were produced in Switzerland than Germany and Finland would have joined the axis because Russia attacked Finland early in the war, got their asses kicked, then returned again later to take a few baltic ports.

Finland never really was part of the axis powers, they attacked Russia to get back the lands taken earlier but stopped advancing once they reached the old border.
November 2nd, 2005  
Missileer
 
 
Whoever would have done what is moot, the atomic bomb scared the shit out of the rest of the world, making up a lot of minds very quickly. I don't trust any of them when the cards are down. Especially Russia.
November 2nd, 2005  
KC72
 
 
You've all forgotten about Ireland, what would they have done?
November 2nd, 2005  
Damien435
 
 
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Originally Posted by KC72
You've all forgotten about Ireland, what would they have done?
Nothing?