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Let's Swallow Switzerland: Hitler's Plans Against the Swiss Confederation
     

Let's Swallow Switzerland: Hitler's Plans Against the Swiss Confederation

by Klaus Urner, Lotti N. Eichhorn (Translator), Ge n. Alexander M. Haig
 

Why was Switzerland spared a German attack during World War II? Was its existence actually endangered at any time? In "Let's Swallow Switzerland," historian Klaus Urner reveals new data uncovered about the actual threats Switzerland faced during the war. Extensive archival research into the events at the Führer's headquarters discloses that Hitler, in

Overview

Why was Switzerland spared a German attack during World War II? Was its existence actually endangered at any time? In "Let's Swallow Switzerland," historian Klaus Urner reveals new data uncovered about the actual threats Switzerland faced during the war. Extensive archival research into the events at the Führer's headquarters discloses that Hitler, in cooperation with Mussolini, initiated a surprise pincer operation against Switzerland during the final phase of the French campaign. On June 24, 1940, Army Corps C received orders to prepare for the "Special Task Switzerland." In early July, the 12th Army, with nine divisions, was deployed near the Western border of Switzerland. Urner proves that German operational plans were not fictitious designs worked out by a bored staff, as has been claimed, but in fact were serious preparatory measures for an attack. The second half of this fascinating exposé provides a discussion of German economic warfare against Switzerland, revealing that Germany's goal was to control every interaction between Switzerland and the Allies—such attempts continued until the total occupation of France on November 11, 1942. Numerous original documents attesting to Hitler's plans, historic photographs, and a detailed bibliography make this book a fundamental work for understanding Switzerland's difficult predicament during World War II.

Editorial Reviews

Neue Zurcher Zeitung
Klaus Urner's fascinating study is an important contribution to the history of Switzerland during World War II.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Klaus Urner's fascinating study is an important contribution to the history of Switzerland during World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739102558
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
08/15/2001
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Klaus Urner is Professor and Head of the Archives for Contemporary History at the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. He is the author of numerous studies that deal primarily with twentieth-century history, including Die Deutschen in der Schweiz [Germans in Switzerland] (1976) and Der Schweizer Hitler-Attentäter [The Attempt of a Swiss to Assassinate Hitler] (1980).

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