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Response to gejohnston (Reply #7)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 01:30 PM

8. Some friends went to Switzerland

when they were stationed in Germany. They wanted to tour and also do an informal recon to see how much of the Swiss military and defense was myth.

To their trained eyes, what they determined was the Swiss are underrated if anything. They spotted disguised bunkers, artillery markers and many other defenses that to a tourist appear as part of the scenery. Since the Swiss use a militia, they estimated the reaction time to begin manning defenses at under a half hour and to full strength, within 24 hours.

This was during the Reagan era of the cold war so their interest was in how secure would the southern flank be in the event of Soviet invasion. They felt any Soviet forces trying to pass through Swiss territory would be hopelessly tied up and unable to pass into NATO rear areas.

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