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Greenland wasn't under Danish authority at the time, yet it also wasn't Sovereign nation.
After months of indecision, officials of the State, War, and Navy Departments agreed early in February 1941 that airfields and other facilities in Greenland would be needed for hemisphere defense, and that in view of the Monroe Doctrine the United States could permit no other power - not even friendly Canada - to take the initiative there. A survey expedition sailed in March. Less than a month later, on 9 April, the project received formal sanction when the Danish Minister in Washington (still recognized by the United States) and the Secretary of State signed an agreement under which the United States guaranteed the security of Greenland in return for the right to construct, maintain, and operate the required facilities.
Lord Gort wrote:I imagine legally that under rights of conquest that Greenland was technically German.
What is Greenlands present situation?
JBbelgium wrote:Did Luxemburg have an army? In the books that I have read (not all that detailed) they simply say that Luxemburg had no army at all on 10th of May 1940.
The Gendarmes and Volunteers Corps (Corps des Gendarmes et Volontaires) (1881-1944)
The new corps established under the law of 16 February 1881 marked the beginnings of the wholly national Luxembourg Army ("Force Armée Luxembourgeoise"). This national characteristic of the corps explains why the centenary of the Armed Force was celebrated in 1981.
The Gendarmes and Volunteers Corps comprised two companies under a single command:
a.a 125-strong company of gendarmes;
b.a company of volunteers garrisoned in Luxembourg comprising 140 - 170 privates and NCOs.
In times of crisis, the strength could increase to 250.
The officer corps numbered 9 officers, to whit:
1 major (commanding officer)
2 captains (company commanders)
4 - 6 subalterns.
The military band comprised 39 musicians including its director of music.
After 1881, the military organization remained unchanged until 1938 when the Grand Ducal decree of 30 September increased the number of volunteers to 300.
The Grand Ducal decree of 24 February 1939 provided for yet another reorganization of the company of volunteers, its establishment being augmented to include 6 officers, 2 warrant officers, 2 staff sergeants, 12 sergeants, 24 corporals, 57 lance-corporals and 200 privates. The Grand Ducal decree of 15 September 1939 established a 125-strong corps of auxiliary volunteers which was attached to the company of volunteers.
When in 1940 the international situation further deteriorated on the eve of the Second World War, the Luxembourg Army comprised 13 officers and 255 gendarmes in the gendarmes company and the 425 men of the volunteers company augmented by the auxiliary volunteers.
....and the Vatican (Swiss, Noble, Palatine Guards & Gendarmerie) had more soldiers than Costa Rica
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