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Can anyone give me some idea,,of how,,and how far could a neutral,living in the U.K.,during Second World War,,travel in Europe,,what mode of transport,,restrictions etc,,,

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To leave the UK, even as a neutral, you'd probably need a pretty good excuse.  If someone were to approve your departure, by air would be safest, but that limits your continental options to Lisbon or, maybe, somewhere in Spain . . . anywhere else as a landfall on the continent, and yes, including Vichy, you would sooner or later have to deal with some very unfriendly people in black & silver suits, leather trench coats, or both, who, undoubtedly, would be even less sympathetic to your excuse for making the move than the folks you had to convince in Britain.  Trying to go anywhere from the UK to where the Germans held sway, which was most of Europe, was a one way ticket to a concentration camp or to a hole that they'd make you dig.

"But I'm a neutral!!"  So what? You had been in the UK. And inquiries? "What, a citizen of <pick your neutral country, there weren't all that many> named Joe Blow?  Left Britain when? Heading where?  Never heard of him."

 

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7 hours ago, R Leonard said:

To leave the UK, even as a neutral, you'd probably need a pretty good excuse.  If someone were to approve your departure, by air would be safest, but that limits your continental options to Lisbon or, maybe, somewhere in Spain . . . anywhere else as a landfall on the continent, and yes, including Vichy, you would sooner or later have to deal with some very unfriendly people in black & silver suits, leather trench coats, or both, who, undoubtedly, would be even less sympathetic to your excuse for making the move than the folks you had to convince in Britain.  Trying to go anywhere from the UK to where the Germans held sway, which was most of Europe, was a one way ticket to a concentration camp or to a hole that they'd make you dig.

"But I'm a neutral!!"  So what? You had been in the UK. And inquiries? "What, a citizen of <pick your neutral country, there weren't all that many> named Joe Blow?  Left Britain when? Heading where?  Never heard of him."

 

 

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