Sunday Post - 06.10.1940, Blaðsíða 2

Sunday Post - 06.10.1940, Blaðsíða 2
2 SUNDAY POST SUNDAY POST is issued by S. Benediktsson publisher of Daily Post. Office: Al]py SuprentsmiSj an h.f. Teleph. 4905. Reykjavik. Sunday October 6th 1940 THE WAR AND THE ICELANDERS This occupation is not all jam Tor the Icelanders and we might as well admit it. To have — well x + y hundred troops suddenly appearing in your small country and to find your capital town quickly taking on the aspect of war-time Aldershot must be a bit of a shock, and the strain pbt ion the resources of a small though thriving community can easily be Understood. On the whole the Icelanders are taking it very well. The vast majority are friendly and very often this friendliness is based fan' a very real understanding of the reasons for the occupation. But there are exception. We must remember that they are neutrals and even if 'they support our cause we cannot ev- pect them automatically to share our confidence. Living far from the war, they have heard boiw Germany has taken country after country until even France our most powerful ally was lost to us. This is our debit side; these facts are striking and undeniable and it is not surprising if the people here are impressed. Our credit side is much greater | than this but it is less striking. We know this and it is up to us to help the Icelanders to under- stand it too. Tell them of the million and a half trained soldiers ready to defend our ooasts, of our sea- soned and determined Home Guard, of our unconquerable Navy, of the invaluable help we. are receiving from the Empire and from America. Ask them if they think the adventures of the Nazi raiders over Britain seem like those of invincible supermen. And try above all to give them some idea of our confidence and determination. The Icelanders are in this with uis( and it is right that we should help them to share our confid- ence. 1 I ' IN OCCUPIED BELGIUM 7 HE LIKE ALL- CON QUER1N G SUPERMEN In occupied France and Belgium today the scene is everywhere dominated by German uniforms. The wearers of these uniforms range from youths to grey- headed men and nurses. This is the account given by a newspaper correspondent who has only recently returned after spending five years in France and July, August and earl September in Brussels. DO “So far as can be judged most soldiers now in Brussels have been under arms for two years or more. If asked about the end of the war they gene- rally shrug their shoulders and show no pleasure at the future prospects. In many cases they criticise the occupation of Den- mark and Norway. “They do not want to fight and obviously have no firm faith in ultimate victory. A view that I often heard was ‘If we don’t succeed in invading England before the end of September, and we probably will not — though of course we are still hoping — we will never win this war! NOT SEEM “Occasionally they add ‘And that means revolution.’ “The bombing of Berlin and Hamburg is having a very de- pressing effect but I am con- vinced that it is not only this which has turned their sto- machs against the war. They are sick of it for many resons, and few of them are Nazis at heart. “It would be too much to conclude that this is enough to bring them to open revolt. They are so cowed that they will never find willpower of themselves to oppose their Nazi leaders.” On the subject of the Belgian (Continued on page 3.) GERMAN TROOPS “The striking thing about these hundreds and thous- ands of soldiers and semi- soldiers,” he says, “is that they do not live up to the picture given by their own propaganda ministry of a superior victorious race. Most of them are tired, war- weary and demoralised. “This statement is not based on wishful thinging but on ac- tual observation and first-hand experience. Intimate and un- constrained contact with Ger- man soldiers, officials and wo- men, in Belgium today, makes the propaganda in the German and French press seem unreal. Among the uniformed Germans in Belgium you can seldom hear highflown phrases about Victory, Greatness and Invinci- bility and the Germans show a quite surprising lack of faith in the propaganda of their Go- vernment. “Recently I heard a German officer say quietly that he thought the Germans would find it impossible to invade and defeat England. ‘Our people don’t know the English,’ he explained. ‘But I’ve spent many years in Eng- land and I know.’ “German soldiers in Belgium are frequently heard to declare that they detest this war are sick and tired of it and want to go home. At first I could hardly believe my ears and wonder- ed whether this was not some sort of trap or an astute new form of propaganda but that idea soon passed and I became convinced that the ‘victorious’ German soldiers were seriously demoralised. rP HE proudest man in England to- day must be Mr. Cham- berlain’s doctor. He ad- vised Mr. Chamberlain to resign; got a fee for the advice that millions of Englishmen includ- ing many of our most distinguished public men have been offering free, gratis and for nothing for the last two years. And the advice was accepted! There has been no at- tempt to conceal the Neville Chamberlain. satisfaction with which this news has been greeted. Even the B.B.C. which no one could accuse of partiality has given wide publicity to the view that his resignation has greatly strengthened the Government. “It shows” they say “that the Blitzkrieg has failed politically as well as militarily. They hoped that bombardment of London would bring the appeasers back. Now they can see that it has had the opposite effect.” No one would deny that Mr. Chamberlain did his best. But it was a very bad best indeed. He failed at war as he had failed at peace and still he lingered on. “Hitler has missed the bus” he told us, hut it was Cham- berlain who was missing the bus — the bus home. Now he has had to go in an ambulance. “Chamberlain has gone, but the warmongers re- main” wails the German Radio. Good luck to the “war- mongers”! TJiey will lead us to success in this war which the “peacemongers” landed us in. HE HAS GONE!


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