Target Switzerland: Swiss armed neutrality in World War ll by Stephen J. Halbrook

How did Switzerland manage to remain neutral during the Second World War? Is it that a neutral Switzerland was too useful to Germany? Was it that an ultra-conservative Switzerland was quite capable of following some Nazi policies all by itself and didn’t merit invasion? Or was it that with two of the three trans-Alpine transport routes crossing Switzerland, whilever Italy was an ally of Germany and reliant on its support, Switzerland had control of a vital bargaining chip which made it difficult for Germany to threaten it? This book considers these issues, and details German plans for invasion which were never put in place – and just as well, to judge by the planned Swiss response. Recommended because it answers so many burning questions.

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