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No single event in recent history has shaped the fortunes of Iceland as much as World War II. Before the war, Iceland was among the poorest European countries. After the war it had become one of the richest nations in the world. For this reason, it became the 'Blessed war' in Iceland. Iceland played its role in the larger events. Churchill said that whoever posseses Icelan No single event in recent history has shaped the fortunes of Iceland as much as World War II. Before the war, Iceland was among the poorest European countries. After the war it had become one of the richest nations in the world. For this reason, it became the 'Blessed war' in Iceland. Iceland played its role in the larger events. Churchill said that whoever posseses Iceland held a pistol firmly pointed at England, America and Canada. The strategic location of Iceland gave allies a firm fortress, an unsinkable aircraft carrier and naval base in the North Atlantic. The British occupied Iceland in 1940 and with the British troops came other soldiers from countries like Canada, Norway and far away like New Zealand. Then the United States took over the occupation, sending the US Marines to Iceland in July 1941 a full five months before the attack on Pearl Harbour. It was in the sea around Iceland that the US Navy engaged the U-boats and fired the first shots of the war and it was here that the first US soldiers died... This book covers these events and many more. It gives you a good overview and the high points of the war in relation to Iceland.


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No single event in recent history has shaped the fortunes of Iceland as much as World War II. Before the war, Iceland was among the poorest European countries. After the war it had become one of the richest nations in the world. For this reason, it became the 'Blessed war' in Iceland. Iceland played its role in the larger events. Churchill said that whoever posseses Icelan No single event in recent history has shaped the fortunes of Iceland as much as World War II. Before the war, Iceland was among the poorest European countries. After the war it had become one of the richest nations in the world. For this reason, it became the 'Blessed war' in Iceland. Iceland played its role in the larger events. Churchill said that whoever posseses Iceland held a pistol firmly pointed at England, America and Canada. The strategic location of Iceland gave allies a firm fortress, an unsinkable aircraft carrier and naval base in the North Atlantic. The British occupied Iceland in 1940 and with the British troops came other soldiers from countries like Canada, Norway and far away like New Zealand. Then the United States took over the occupation, sending the US Marines to Iceland in July 1941 a full five months before the attack on Pearl Harbour. It was in the sea around Iceland that the US Navy engaged the U-boats and fired the first shots of the war and it was here that the first US soldiers died... This book covers these events and many more. It gives you a good overview and the high points of the war in relation to Iceland.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Herbert

    Purchased this book in Reykjavik after a long stay in Iceland and read it on return to UK. Only wish I’d purchased and read it before my trip. A genuinely fascinating account of Iceland’s unique role in WW2. Beautifully researched, full of interesting detail, and hugely readable. Whether you’re a tourist to Iceland, an amateur historian of WW2 or have a serious interest in the Battle of the Atlantic / Arctic Convoys etc you should read this terrific little book.

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