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Was Switzerland really impossible to invade during WW2?

No country is impossible to invade. Andorra could invade the USA. The question you should have asked was "Was Switzerland Impossible to Conquer during World War II?". The answer is no ...
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Was Switzerland really impossible to invade during WW2?

Ok, since I think I finally got your real question (as I see it): I'm simply asking if the defense of Switzerland during WW2 was overrated. Many people claim that the country was impossible to occupy,...
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Was Switzerland pressured either by Allies or Axis to take part in World War 2 at any time?

Nevil Wylie's Britain, Switzerland and the Second World War (Oxford University Press, 2003) is a good source on this, and does not mention any attempts by either side to press Switzerland to take an ...
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Was Switzerland really impossible to invade during WW2?

What factors were Hitler's / Germany's motivations for WW2? Revanchism, stealing raw materials, and racial hatreds. The Swiss are largely German-speaking / Germanic, so there's no "racial superiority"...
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Was Switzerland really impossible to invade during WW2?

The Germans were certain they could. For instance, their 1940 plans for Operation Tannenbaum estimated that a force of 300,000 to 500,000 men would have been sufficient. Swiss military leadership ...
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What is this 17th century Swiss coin?

The inscriptions are (note that the S's are backwards): Obverse (bear) - MONETA BERNENSIS (coinage of Bern) Reverse (cross) - SANCTVS VINCENCIVS (Saint Vincent) (The style of lettering can be compared,...
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How was Switzerland able to stay neutral during WWI and WWII?

By not being a threat, and having no strategic benefit to either side worth fighting a professional army on excellent defensive terrain. Take a good at Switzerland and you'll notice one thing: ...
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What is the name of the color used by the SBB (Swiss Federal Railway) in the 1920s to paint their locomotive?

@[email protected] says NCS* 8010-B90G, which is closest (but not exact) to RAL 6009. The German wikipedia page for the Ae 6/6 calls the color "tannengrün", which is the name of RAL 6009. ...
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What is the name of the color used by the SBB (Swiss Federal Railway) in the 1920s to paint their locomotive?

… the green color that the wonderful Ce 6/8 II "Crocodile" locomotives wore while driving across the alps during the 1920s … Well since you specifically ask about the 1920s, it appears that ...
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What does this Swiss banner/blazon/coat of arms/flag stand for?

That's Biel / Bienne, see its coat of arms: By Aliman5040 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link Swiss historian Markus Kutter confirms it in Zwischen Jura, Vogesen und Schwarzwald, 32. Hinter die Fassade ...
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Why wasn't there French irredentism or pan-fransicm?

The thing is that at the time in question, France was actually quite diverse (and yet sufficiently unified on a political level to become a rather successful democratic nation-state rather than ...
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Was Switzerland really impossible to invade during WW2?

There were many practical reasons why Switzerland was not occupied of which none of the first answer of @AmorphouBob apply Some of these reasons are: militarily Switzerland was considered a 'thorny'...
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Are the Swiss flag and the flag/coat of arms of Piedmont related?

Short Answer: The Swiss and Piedmontese coats of arms and flags might both possibly, repeat possibly, have originated as symbols of loyalty to the Holy Roman Empire. Long answer: Flags and coats of ...
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Was the Bundesbrief a forgery?

Despite the carbon dating results, there remains a degree of uncertainty as to whether or not the Bundesbrief (Federal Charter) of 1291 is a medieval forgery and, if it is, to what extent it has been ...
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How long did it take approximately for a person to travel from Basel to Hanover (1753) by any means of transport?

I found a trip report for a journey between Berlin and Strasbourg in the year 1778 by an anonymous French correspondent who left Berlin on May 3 and arrived in Strasbourg on June 9. The traveler ...
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What is the name of the color used by the SBB (Swiss Federal Railway) in the 1920s to paint their locomotive?

Looking up colour standards, it seems plausible that this green was defined in the RAL classic colour system, which is widely used in Europe and was created in the 1920s. My colour vision is not very ...
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Why did Switzerland not grant votes to women until 1971?

Well the "Reason" to this was the Swiss vote system. To make a change in the Swiss constitution, a "vote initiative" has to be submitted. If the prospective vote initiative fulfills some conditions ...
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What kind of bullet did I find in Swiss glacial ice?

I have come to the conclusion that this bullet originated from an M61 Vulcan cannon. Developed shortly after WW2, and in common use over the last few decades in Switzerland. Even today the Swiss ...
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How long did it take approximately for a person to travel from Basel to Hanover (1753) by any means of transport?

For tracing postal routes through Germany in the second half of the 18th century, I have found two maps with helpful notes on times: Neue und vollständige Postkarte durch ganz Deutschland (1764) ...
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Did German citizens need a visa to enter Switzerland in 1945?

No visa was needed to enter, strictly speaking. But it would be needed to enter legally and for staying there. There were no privileges for Germans from anywhere, but privileges for people citing a ...
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When the Swiss Guard was formed, was the height requirement 174 cm (5' 8 1/2")?

This is not a definitive answer, because I haven't found a firm source to establish when the height standard came into existence, and because the history of army height requirements is turning out to ...
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What rights did women have in Switzerland in the first few years of the 20th century?

This is a little complicated as women’s rights depended on age and / or marital status and / or canton. It would also have depended on the individual husband , guardian or father. Generally speaking, ...
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Can anyone identify what uniform this child soldier from Switzerland c1870 is wearing?

It is not absolutely certain that the boy in the photo is a soldier. I have seen a photograph of my great grand uncle Ferdinand Andrew Demuth (1857-1911) as a child wearing what looked like a uniform ...
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Was Switzerland really impossible to invade during WW2?

This is an hypothetical question. I'll try to answer based only on the military concept. You have already answered your own question, in part 4. You don't need to conquer the whole country; only the ...
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Why was Basel, Switzerland chosen for the First Zionist Congress?

The First Zionist Congress was originally planned to be held in Munich (even some of the invitations exist!), which was a cultural hotspot at the time. However, in Munich there was a large Jewish ...
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Was Switzerland really impossible to invade during WW2?

Shields up!!! It was advantageous for the Germans not to conquer Switzerland, and this would be a major factor in deciding the merit of doing so. A few only examples: Switzerland provided the Nazis ...
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What is this card, and why does it go "on the hat"?

The evidence you have presented suggests that the card is meant to assist a Zwilchenbart customer in getting to the branch in New York upon arriving in the city. Presumably the customer has deposited ...
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How was Switzerland able to stay neutral during WWI and WWII?

Adding to @Schwern's great answer, Switzerland had been internationally recognized as an independent neutral state at the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Its neutral status changed in 1814 when it was ...
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Can anyone identify what uniform this child soldier from Switzerland c1870 is wearing?

This doesn't answer who was in the photo, or what the uniform was, but I did find something historically interesting. "Welti" on the bottom and back likely refers to Swiss photographer Oswald Welti, ...
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