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Interesting: Why No One Invades Switzerland

Interesting: Why No One Invades Switzerland

Postby jpf1030 » Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:29 pm

Howdy All,
Below is a very interesting posting from one of my preparedness groups. We all know each home is armed with males being a member of the Swiss reserve. The Swiss disaster response team readiness, along with a few other factors mentioned in the below post, even dissuaded the powerful Nazi war machine from invading them in WWII...jpf
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Their Air Force has underground hangars that open onto their highway system. The only land-based approaches to their country are over bridges and tunnels. This mountainous country is a fortress in itself. Mechanized Armor does not do well in mountainous terrairn.

In WW2, Goebbels contacted Switzerland' s defense minister, and asked what would happen if the Nazis invaded.
The Schweiz Defense minister responded each rifleman carried 100 rounds of ammo and would only need to fire three to repel any invasion.

While the Swiss military was markedly outnumbered by German forces in artillery and aircraft, to control the nation the Germans would have had to destroy a large and well-trained infantry force drawn directly from the Swiss
population. The example of the Winter War showed how a similar force of trained riflemen could stop a much larger, better equipped army. While some have questioned the notion that Swiss rifles stopped the invasion, there can be no
doubt that an invasion would have cost the Germans troops and resources needed elsewhere. Had there been no meaningful Swiss military force, the potential invasion would have been considerably less costly.

The Swiss government also had a decentralised structure, so even the Federal President was a relatively powerless official with no authority to surrender the country. Indeed, Swiss citizens had been instructed to regard any surrender
broadcast as enemy lies and resist to the end.

The mountainous terrain in Switzerland made any potential conquest difficult - the best part of the German army, its mechanized units, would be ineffective in the mountains. Historically, no one who attacked Switzerland since Roman times had had much success.

Also, Swiss industry and agriculture provided Germany with thousands of trucks and millions of ball bearings, as well as food imports throughout WW2. Switzerland was the centre of the international financial system.Many large
German companies had substantial business investments and banking deposits in Switzerland; as did many senior Nazis; any invasion could lead to the Swiss government destroying financial records or hiding or transporting hard currency and bullion out of the immediate reach of the Nazis.This would effectively cripple the German economy.

Many Swiss were 'Germanic' under Nazi race definitions, and were therefore part of the German People. To invade and conquer such a nation would make Nazi ideology look contradictory and just a facade for naked aggression and
territorial expansion.

Finally, as a neutral state in the middle of the Nazi empire, Switzerland provided a place where contact could be made or maintained at diplomatic level with allies such as Japan,and other neutral countries around the world, such as those in South America.

Swiss National Redoubt (Schweizer Réduit, Alpenfestung or Réduit suisse) was a defensive plan developed by the Swiss government during WWII to respond to possible German invasion which had been planned as Operation Tannenbaum but was never executed. The plan was three staged, first to hold an invading army on the border, if that failed to launch a delaying war that would allow the bulk of Swiss forces to withdraw to a defensible perimeter in the Swiss Alps, and three to defend that mountain stronghold.
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