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Toy soldiers and real battles: Swiss army at WW2

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Swiss army at WW2

At the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Switzerland immediately began to mobilize for a possible invasion. The transition into wartime was smooth and caused less controversy than in 1914. The entire country was fully mobilized in only three days.Parliament quickly selected the 61-year-old career soldier Henri Guisan to be General. By 3 September 430,000 combat troops and 210,000 in support services, 10,000 of whom were women, had been mobilized, though most of these were sent home during the ensuing Phoney War.At its highest point, 850,000 soldiers were mobilized.
(Elastolin soldiers produced in Germany in 40s).

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