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Switzerland during World War II Switzerland neutralized by the Congress of Vienna 1815 has before World War II stood as an example of a perpetually neutral state Swiss neutrality basically means that Switzerland is committed never to take part in any conflict that may arise in the future and in case of war be ready to enforce militarily its independence and neutral status Chavallez But is this how Switzerland really reacted as a neutral country during 1939-1945 In this paper I am going to try to explain and discuss political and social impact on Switzerland during the World War II For a long time there has been a lot of questioning a lot of accusations and controversy about several issues that resulted from the Switzerlands decisions to stay neutral rather than joining the Allies Switzerland faced much heavier foreign pressure in the Second World War than it had in the first After the fall of France in 1940 it was surrounded by the Axis powers Nazi maps showed that the Third Reich would eventually include Switzerland just as it would include all portions of Europe with German-speaking people While the majority of Switzerlands population is German-speaking the nation was virtually unanimous in hoping and praying for the defeat of Germany LeBor Hitler once predicted that Switzerland would be liquidated and that he would be known as the butcher of the Swiss Hitler wanted eventually conquer Switzerland but it would be at a fearful price The Wehrmacht expected 200000 German casualties it would have taken a very long time to remove the Swiss military from the Alpine country And by the time the Swiss were defeated every bridge and train track and everything else of value to the conquerors would have been destroyed Garlinski Another reason that Switzerland was too difficult to invadein contrast to all the other nations which Hitler conquered in a matter of weekswas the Swiss militia system Unlike all
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