[Y]ou have to remember about 1/3 of the people in that picture were saving you.
Not me, though; I'm Finnish, and we received no military assistance from the US in either World War.
In WWI, we were not involved. We were still a part of Russia but our autonomous government had managed to exclude our people from conscription into the Russian army; in fact, some volunteers from Finland went off to Germany to receive training when Germany and Russia were enemies! In 1917, after the revolution in Russia, Finland declared independence and Lenin agreed to recognise us because he couldn't afford a war to re-take the country.
In WWII, we were invaded by the USSR in 1939 and managed to beat them off almost exclusively on our own. Then, when it became apparent that they were going to invade us again, we entered a pact with Germany. We weren't technically allied to them, but in practice we were, though our forces were only involved in our part of the Eastern front. Germany sent in troops to defend us, and when the USSR eventually invaded, German troops defended the Northern half of our country while Finnish forces defended the South and invaded the USSR to create a buffer zone. When the Soviets eventually won, we had to drive the Germans out through force (but our officers warned them because they didn't want to kill the Germans when they could just as well be allowed to escape to Norway, so the actual warfare in the North was limited.)
In WWII, we were at war with the Allies, the Germans, and the USSR, but our capital was never occupied and we never ceased to be a democracy; but we lost some land to the USSR and our foreign policy was very strongly influenced by the Soviets until 1991.
...Yeah, pretty useless info-dump but maybe it's of some interest to some.
Now that I'm done writing this, I'd like - perhaps hypocritically - to propose that no further discussion of the USA's part in the World Wars is brought into this thread, as it is off-topic (and even if this thread isn't on OTC, it's still supposed to be about Europe.)
Your new avatar is nicer. I'll just ask you a little question that most Europeans could answer; if you can answer it, you're closer to being accepted into this holiest of holies, the European clique on the fora.
So: How many medals did European countries win in the World Cup last year, and which country won which medal?
edited 15th Nov '11 3:01:02 PM by BestOf
Quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur.