S forces in early in the conflictThe real story here is how the Swiss went on with business which is the country s culture Most countries forced to live under such a constant threat for so long would have strained in many ways This is not to say
the swiss did not face hardships because they Swiss did not face hardships because they it is just that they carried on with great aplomb Their satirical edge kept them going as did an overriding anti German sentiment They were also emboldened by the effects of the Finnish War which showed that a David could take down a Goliath Switzerland s position
both geographically and politically made for a precarious balancing actUnfortunately all geographically and politically made for a precarious balancing actUnfortunately all this interesting material did not result in a "well written book I found it highly repetitive and stark For all "written book I found it highly repetitive and stark For all the threat and intrigue the Swiss faced this particular history informed but did not compel. D cabaret as weapons against totalitarianismand explores the role of women in the military and economy the role of Jewish officers in the highest levels of the Swiss army and the role of Switzerland itself as Americas window on the Reich Halbrook succeeds not only in achieving a thorough analysis of Switzerlands armed neutrality but also in revealing through their own voices the willingness of ordinary citizens to accept total war in order to preserve their freedom Swiss American Historical Society Revie. ,
Lliant read if ou like a bit of history An interesting book many things I didn t know about Switzerlands war effort in preparation for invasiondrags a little in parts does tend to be bit repetitive in parts when "trying to get point across By every strategic rationale Switzerland should have fallen the Nazis in "to get point across By every strategic rationale Switzerland should have fallen to the Nazis in War II Why it did not is the subject of the book and is largely attributed to Swiss courage democracy terrain defenses policy and luck The author credits heavily the military reuirement that every able bodied man served in the army and was well trained in firearms He reiterates this point along with deft foreign policy and the attitudes of the population as contributing factors The Swiss army mobilized 850000 men at its peak which was impressive however it is hard to conclude how they would have performed had Hitler ordered hi. D to defend the country labored on the farms and helped refugees The other voice is that of Nazi Intelligence those who spied on the Swiss and planned subversion and invasion Exhaustive documents from the German military archives reveals a chilling rendition of attack plans which would be dissuaded in part by Switzerlands armed populace and Alpine defensesLaced with uniue maps and photos the book reveals how the Swiss mobilized an active spiritual defense of their countryincluding the use of the press an. Perfect Extremely well documented at times even repetitive Nevertheless it would have been an extraordinary book had it made the same effort in also showing some of the "negative parts of Switzerland s participation in WWII There are a lot of boring details being repeated in "parts of Switzerland s participation in WWII There are a lot of boring details being repeated in chapters trying to overwhelmingly convince the reader about the determination of the Swiss during WW II to resist the Nazi threat While it seems absolutely credible
"That The General Population Was "the general population was to fight for its freedom the examples of other brave peoples like the Jugoslavs or the Greeks with similar terrains and even substantial British aid eg Crete show that if Germany had not started its war in the East Switzerland most likely would have been overrun Fortunately this never happened However the author should have been realistic in his assessments Bri. The award winning author of Target Switzerland uses a wide breadth of research to attempt to answer why Switzerland escaped the Nazi onslaught Daly History BlogWhile surrounded by the Axis powers in World War II Switzerland remained democratic and unlike most of Europe never succumbed to the siren songs and threats of the Nazi goliathThis book tells the story with emphasis on two voices rarely heard One voice is that of scores of Swiss who lived in those dark ears told through oral history They mobilize. .