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Some interesting (near) Swiss History (Operation Tannenbaum)

While browsing the on-line newspapers I came across this. Makes interesting reading:

http://nowiknow.com/hitlers-plan-to-invade-switzerland/
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Re: Some interesting (near) Swiss History (Operation Tannenbaum)

There's a bunch of literature out there, some of it fact, most of it fanciful regarding Tannenbaum.

Whilst researching some other Swiss military history some years ago, my colleague and I guessed that the invasion of Switzerland might have taken a few weeks rather than days as many may have assumed. History will record that Switzerland only started to build and fortify the "Reduit / Fortress" concept about two to three years after the war actually started, by which time, the enemy at the Rhine threat had largely been overtaken by events out in Russia as far as the Germans were concerned.

There are other threads on EF about how Swiss people lived during the war, some interesting reading if you go search for it.
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While browsing the on-line newspapers I came across this. Makes interesting reading:

http://nowiknow.com/hitlers-plan-to-invade-switzerland/

Phew, lucky that didn't happen or we would all be speaking German...
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Phew, lucky that didn't happen or we would all be speaking German...
.... and understanding each other?
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There's a bunch of literature out there, some of it fact, most of it fanciful regarding Tannenbaum.

Whilst researching some other Swiss military history some years ago, my colleague and I guessed that the invasion of Switzerland might have taken a few weeks rather than days as many may have assumed. History will record that Switzerland only started to build and fortify the "Reduit / Fortress" concept about two to three years after the war actually started, by which time, the enemy at the Rhine threat had largely been overtaken by events out in Russia as far as the Germans were concerned.

There are other threads on EF about how Swiss people lived during the war, some interesting reading if you go search for it.
Known is that Germany in 1940 started to concentrate armed forces (mainly infantry, mobile artillery and tanks) in the Donaueschingen-Schwenningen region. In Schaffhausen, at a particular phase of 1941/42 people with relatives in the Romandie dispatched their teenagers sons and daughters out west for some months. As many people in Schaffhausen expected the Germans simply to take over Schaffhausen, factories and private people prepared to flee accross the Rhein to the Canton of Zürich. You of course can say that they panicked. Maybe, but people in Schaffhausen were in the habit to know a bit more about Germany than most other Swiss.

Amazingly, a few years ago, a war-generation Basler told me that it was quite similar in Basel, with people studying escape routes towards the Canton of Solothurn and the Bernese Jura.
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