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Sep 29th, 2009 at 22:07 GMT
So many lists conflict, but these seem to be consistingly listed as neutral. Turkey and Argentina were often quoted as neutral, but declared themselves at war when Germany's defeat was imminent.
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Sep 30th, 2009 at 01:12 GMT
You're missing a lot of third world countries
Sep 30th, 2009 at 04:06 GMT
These were all colonies at the time. Most Latin American countries were independent, but they apparently all declared war on Germany (largely though not completely in name only) at some point.
Sep 30th, 2009 at 11:05 GMT
Most of them in late 1945, which kind of seems like cheating :P And all the colonies were covered by their empires' declarations of war.
Sep 30th, 2009 at 11:17 GMT
Added as bonuses countries which remained neutral until very late in the game.
Oct 3rd, 2009 at 18:19 GMT
I love bonus answers, and this one almost has more bonus answers that actual ones (9 vs 10, unless there are more than that?).
Oct 7th, 2009 at 00:34 GMT
No that's all of them. Well done AtomicIce (Y)
Oct 12th, 2009 at 06:33 GMT
Yemen takes the honor of being the only country/territory/colony in the entire world to stay completely isolated from any military, political, or economic aspect of the war. Even the other neutral countries here were involved in some way, some of them even actually fighting in the war by sending volunteers (Spain, Sweden).
Oct 12th, 2009 at 23:52 GMT
Actually there was a small British colony around Aden, now part of Yemen, which as a British colony was brought in under the declaration of war. So Yemen as a whole had some, if minimal involvement, which is also why it's listed as North Yemen :)
Mar 1st, 2010 at 04:10 GMT
joke bonus answer for germany? such as youre kidding right?
May 8th, 2010 at 07:32 GMT
I thought Iceland was officially neutral? Someone please enlighten me on this! I think the most surprising fact is that besides North Yemen and afghanistan, every other country is European! I would have thought they'd throw their lot in with the allies at the end, I mean, if argentina did it...
May 8th, 2010 at 14:56 GMT
@Chipmunkdavis: You're right! Liechtenstein missed a golden opportunity to double or triple the size of the country if only they'd invaded Germany at the end with their contingent of pike men and their trebuchets! Brings back memories of that old Peter Sellers movie, "The Mouse That Roared."
May 11th, 2010 at 00:13 GMT
Iceland only gained its independence in 1944. For the rest of the time before that during the war it was under British control.
May 11th, 2010 at 09:55 GMT
@shakirafan: I know, their 11 men could've tipped Hitler right over the edge! @HiddenPalace: I was under the impression that although it had been invaded by the British, it was still 'officially neutral'.
May 11th, 2010 at 23:15 GMT
The British invasion of Iceland in diplomatic terms violated their neutrality.
May 12th, 2010 at 20:43 GMT
Their really should be some form of Hint
May 16th, 2010 at 20:37 GMT
the British invaded Iceland, which had until then been in quasi-independent union with Denmark, which itself was overrun by Nazis. Apparently the British couldnt spare the troops to defend it, so the USA held the island until "real" independence
Jun 21st, 2010 at 20:26 GMT
Jun 26th, 2010 at 15:28 GMT
Tibet is contentious. It had de facto rather than diplomatic independence. I'm prepared to put it as a bonus.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 05:56 GMT
In addiion to the "fighting on Egyptian soil" business, Egypt also declared war on Germany and Japan in early 1945, iirc.
Mar 18th, 2011 at 05:58 GMT
I'd add that Denmark should possibly be added as a bonus. It never declared war on Germany, and after an incredibly brief resistance (less than a day) Denmark basically acted as a friendly non-belligerent - occupied, obviously, but continuing with its own government and such. I don't think it ever declared war on anybody on either side in the war.
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