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military forces into the Alps where they planned to
make their stand, leaving the rest of Switzerland to the
Germans. The army was mobilised in only three days.
Guisan called it the ‘National Redoubt’. By stockpiling
resources in strategic positions in the Alps ready for
Guerrilla style warfare, the Swiss hoped the Germans
would think it too costly to invade. Military deterrents
weren’t the only tactic used by the Swiss; they paid the
Germans not to invade them. Despite all the efforts
made, it is certain that Hitler planned to invade; in
a meeting with key Italian leaders his opinion was
that ‘Switzerland possessed the most disgusting and
miserable people and political system. The Swiss were
the mortal enemies of the new Germany’. It is thought
that the invasion was inevitable and was only delayed by
the invasion of Russia and the landing at Normandy.
Today, Switzerland is still a neutral country, without
known nuclear capabilities, spending £3.5billion on
their military, and still with a serving Swiss Guard
Unit in the Vatican City. Although not part of NATO,
Switzerland works closely with them. In conclusion,
although not an aggressive country, Switzerland’s history
is not as peaceful as it first seems, and they could give
anyone half a fight if they tried invading.
By Lawrence Williams
Avoiding
Conflict
A poster advertising Swiss sport pre-WWII
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