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by Stephen P. Halbrook

Category: Europe
Subcategory: History books
Author: Stephen P. Halbrook
ISBN: 1932033424
ISBN13: 978-1932033427
Language: English
Publisher: Casemate; 1st edition (May 19, 2006)
Pages: 353
Fb2 eBook: 1127 kb
ePub eBook: 1500 kb
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Stephen Halbrook, P. . Off course it was illegal, but we were 8 hungry kids. In 1953 I too served in the Swiss army

Stephen Halbrook, P. is author of the award winning Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II, which was also released in German, French, Italian, and Polish. A former philosophy professor and currently an attorney, he has argued before the . Supreme Court and has published widely on on historical issues in politics, law and international affairs. In 1953 I too served in the Swiss army. The book is great and it tells it very much as it was. From high up in the mountain we could see the cross fire at night between France and Germany.

Halbrook's other books include the award-winning Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II.For me, it really gave a good foundation of what Swiss values are and how they view themselves in the world.

For me, it really gave a good foundation of what Swiss values are and how they view themselves in the world. It is organized into chapters that describe different aspects of live during the wars years. It's a pure history book, but is fairly readable.

Stephen Halbrook, P.

Stephen Halbrook's other books include the award-winning Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in. In 1953 I too served in the Swiss army

Off course it was illegal, but we were 8 hungry kids. 12 people found this helpful.

Halbrook succeeds not only in achieving a thorough analysis of Switzerland . The book goes on to describe Swiss life during the war with its shortages, alarms, and rumors.

This book tells the long misunderstood story of Switzerland in World War II with emphasis on two voices rarely heard. The other voice is that of Nazi Intelligence, which spied on the Swiss and planned subversion and invasion.

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Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Swiss and the Nazis: How the Alpine . This book tells the story with emphasis on two voices rarely heard. One voice is that of scores of Swiss who lived in those dark years, told through oral history.

This book tells the story with emphasis on two voices rarely heard.

The book goes on to describe Swiss life for the duration of the war with its shortages, alarms, and rumors. Halbrook presents the sympathetic parts of the complex image. Planet War II Magazine, July/ August 2011. A chapter investigates regardless of whether Swiss officials played a function in Germany’s adoption of the J stamp on Jewish passports, and how Switzerland became a lifeboat for refugees. An additional chapter focuses on Davos, exactly where the Swiss struggled against a Fifth Column, and which became a secure haven for American airmen whose crippled bombers created it to Swiss territory.

While surrounded by the Axis powers in World War II, Switzerland remained democratic and never succumbed to the Nazi goliath. They mobilised to defend the country and laboured on the farms. The other voice is that of Nazi Intelligence, those who spied on the Swiss and planned subversion and invasion

While surrounded by the Axis powers in World War II, Switzerland remained democratic and, unlike most of Europe, never succumbed to the siren songs and threats of the Nazi goliath. This book tells the story with emphasis on two voices rarely heard. One voice is that of scores of Swiss who lived in those dark years, told through oral history. They mobilized to defend the country, labored on the farms, and helped refugees. The other voice is that of Nazi Intelligence, those who spied on the Swiss and planned subversion and invasion. Exhaustive documents from the German military archives reveals a chilling rendition of attack plans which would be dissuaded in part by Switzerland's armed populace and Alpine defenses. Laced with unique maps and photos, the book is organized into four units. The first, A War of Words and Nerves, depicts how the Swiss mobilized an active "spiritual defense" of their country. Chapters describe jokes and slurs the Swiss devised to characterize the "Nazi pigs," the use of the press and cabaret as weapons against totalitarianism, and the role of Swiss newsreels in building the spirit of resistance. German prewar subversion plans are also revealed. The second unit, To Resist to the Death, concerns military preparations. Swiss soldiers recall an epoch when every day could have been "the day" when all hell would break lose and they would meet the enemy. Blitzkrieg plans against Switzerland devised by the German Wehrmacht in 1940 are described in detail. Switzerland was an armed camp with countless fortifications, against which the Axis could have attempted access with extreme costs in blood. In Switzerland, Jews -- like all other citizens -- were in arms, and Jewish officers served in the highest levels of the Swiss army. Struggle for Survival: Food, Fuel and Fear, the third unit, presents oral histories of daily life during the war with its shortages, alarms, and rumors. The role of women in the military and the economy are probed. A chapter on the refugee crisis investigates whether Swiss officials played a role in Germany's adoption of the "J" stamp on Jewish passports, how Switzerland became a lifeboat for refugees, and how asylum policies were liberalized as the persecution of Jews escalated. Espionage and Subversion, the fourth and final unit, covers strategic issues and intelligence activities. German attack plans and bickering in the Gestapo about who would rule a conquered Switzerland persisted. One chapter focuses on Davos, where the Swiss struggled against a Fifth Column and which became a safe haven for American airmen whose crippled bombers made it to Swiss territory. The last chapter profiles Switzerland as America's window on the Reich -- how Allen Dulles and his OSS spied on the Nazis, at times with help from Swiss Intelligence. Halbrook's other books include the award-winning Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II, which was published in five languages.
Comments to eBook The Swiss the Nazis: How the Alpine Republic Survived in the Shadow of the Third Reich
SkroN
I was born in Switzerland in 1933 and I remember it all. The book describes the everyday life in those days very well. My country was surrounded with country at war, everything was rationed too. Meat was scared, but we lived in the mountains and my uncle who was a hunter supplied us with game. Off course it was illegal, but we were 8 hungry kids.In 1953 I too served in the Swiss army. The book is great and it tells it very much as it was. From high up in the mountain we could see the cross fire at night between France and Germany.
godlike
I read two of his books about Switzerland in the second world war. If you are looking for a book that details all the espionage going on regarding Switzerland this is not your book. But if you want to know about the Switzerland experience in the war, how the citizens lived, how the swiss government conducted their business during the war, and how the ebb and flow of the war affected the allies and axis powers agenda for Switzerland the book is good.

I will say he does seem to be overly repetitive regarding some issues – for example between his books he always stresses over and over again about how they are such great shots, everyone has a rifle, and how the government doesn’t have one figure head who can decide on their own whim to surrender the nation. After the first few times, and after the first book it did seem to get a little old.

In reality, I think he should have condensed his two books into one book and tried to eliminate all the repetition and I think he would have been better served in my opinion. Not sure if there is really enough meat on the bone to justify two fairly detailed books regarding Switzerland from the same author.
Vozuru
A very interesting read. The author seems to have really done his research. I've always wondered how Switzerland stayed out of WWII. He explains the porcupine defenses which kept Switzerland safe even though Hitler had several plans for invasion throughout the war.
Benn
Was reading this book while visiting Switzerland this past September. It was a very positive view of the strengths of the Swiss during such a stressful time in history. It also went far in explaining a country separated by language and cultures having a strong history of staying together for mutual benefit.
Ginaun
How did the little Helvetian Republic stand up to the Nazi bully? This book will tell you how in an entertaining manner. The book was an easy and comfortable read.
Cktiell
I bought the ebook a few years back and read it on my iPhone. Finally chose to buy the paperback copy to read again. I love the pictures that it has in it as well. It was a great representation of the Swiss struggle to prepare for a potential invasion during WWII and the daily life of their citizens.
Kabei
This book is well written and well documented. It would do all American students well to read it and know what real national patriots do when their Constitution and way of life are challenged.
This book gave me a perspective on World War II that I've never had before and cleared up a lot of questions I had about the war. But for all the quality of information, the writing is pedestrian, not thrilling. That made for some hard slogging through the text, at times. But for the most part, I'm glad I read this.
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