CHRISTMAS IN ICELAND
WORLD WAR TWO
Category: World War Two
[Reykjavik] I Gudmundsson. 1940.
Magazine; 4to, original pictorial wrappers; 32 pages, numerous black and white photographs and line drawings. A magazine produced by the British forces which occupied Iceland. The invasion of Iceland took place on 10 May 1940 resulting from a British fear that the island would be used by Germany. The Government of Iceland issued a protest, charging that its neutrality had been "flagrantly violated" and "its independence infringed". Meeting no resistance, the troops moved quickly to disable communication networks, secure strategic locations, and arrest German citizens. Requisitioning local transport, the troops moved to Hvalfjörður, Kaldaðarnes, Sandskeið, and Akranes to secure landing areas against the possibility of a German counterattack. The magazine is a piece of propaganda illuistrating the good relations between the British forces and the local population, with items in translation by Icelanders, stories from the Sagas and items about the long history of relations between the two peoples. Only one copy is noted on COPAC which is held at the Imperial War Museum. Neat Fine.