The USA Decide to Take Over the Occupation of Iceland – 7 July 1941

Posted on July 5th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 7 July 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered American troops to occupy Iceland.

The strategy behind this diplomatic move was to deter any possible invasion of Iceland by the Nazis – at this time, the USA was still neutral.

Although Iceland was neutral during World War Two, the UK invaded the island earlier in 1941, in order to stop Nazi Germany from turning it into a base from which it might attack Allied shipping.

Here is a newspaper story – published on 8 July 1941 – that reports on the ‘invasion’.

historical newspaper report about the us occupation of iceland in 1941

Gloucestershire Echo – Tuesday 08 July 1941

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