Hetaween 2016 - Part 1
  • America:guys, let's have a Halloween party and costume contest in my house!!
  • England:why? Isn't your house already disastrous enough?
  • France:it probably adds to the spirit of Halloween~
  • America:shut up. Anyways, it'll be fun to have another costume contest! Oh, and we should have another event as well... like a trick-or-treat contest!!
  • China:like... who can get the most candy?
  • England:whatever, it's not like we could stop you anyways...
  • America:oh, and Russia, you don't have to dress up dude, everyone's already scared of you anyways~!
  • Russia:oh really~
  • China:if we all die doing this I will make you all eat England's food in the afterlife.
  • France:we can't die twice, China.

Historical Trivia: The Invasion of Luxembourg

Early on the morning of 10th May 1940, as part of Case Yellow, three German Panzer divisions crossed the border into neutral Luxembourg. They were faced by roadblocks manned by Corps des Gendarmes et Volontaires which was just ~680 men strong. Lightly armed volunteers and police were no match for the invading forces. While small arms fire was exchanged the roadblocks and tank traps laid by Luxembourg were quickly bypassed and the capital was quickly surrounded and occupied before noon. Token resistance was all that could be mounted without assistance from the guarantor countries of Luxembourg’s neutrality. The Panzer divisions continued on into France.  

Seven members of the Corps des Gendarmes et Volontaires were wounded with 75 more captured. German casualties are unknown. Luxembourg’s Ducal family and government fled, first to France and then to Canada via Britain. The country was occupied by German forces until September 1944. 

Image: German troops cautiously enter the frontier town of  Echternach early on the morning of the 10th May (source)

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