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POLL: What-if: WWII and the "Trampoline to Victory"


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dapeters writes:

With regard to Iceland it is some what murky. From the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs
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“ Iceland finally became independent in 1918. The Kingdom of Iceland shared the same monarch with Denmark. Under a special agreement, Denmark administered Iceland's foreign affairs and operated the coast guard, as decided by Iceland. This arrangement came to an end on 10 April 1940, after Denmark was occupied by Germany. On 10 May 1940, British forces occupied Iceland. On 17 June 1944, the Republic of Iceland was formally proclaimed at Thingvellir.

Modern Times

Iceland was initially a neutral state during the Second World War. In 1940 it was occupied by British forces and in 1941, by invitation from the Icelandic Government, US troops replaced the British. This event took place five months before the US formally entered the Second World War after the attack on Pearl Harbour”


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VOTING RESULTS
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definitely yes
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probably yes
34
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maybe
17
7%
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probably no
62
24%
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definitely no
91
36%
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no opinion
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POLL DESCRIPTION

During WWII, the Allies strongly desired to use Brazil as a transport point for supplies to North Africa, particularly after Rommel's advance in 1941. The northern tip of Brazil is the closest South American point to Africa, and was on the shortest route for aircraft and naval convoys.

However, Brazil at the time was under a dictatorship, and some members of the military leadership were hesitant to become involved in the war.

Eventually, Brazil would enter WWII on the Allied side. But - if Brazil had not done so, and had continued to refuse transit for Allied supplies - would the Allies have been justified in forcibly occupying portions of Brazil, to secure the "trampoline to victory" needed to supply operations in Europe?