Operationsbefehl Nr. 4 "Aufmarsch NORD"

[First Revision 22.1.1940] [Changes until 10.5.1940] [Second Revision 14.5.1940]

For a timeline of the Swiss operational planning see "Swiss Operational Planning 1939 to 1941".

First Revision 22.1.1940

The first revision of the "Aufmarsch Nord" improved the command structure for the defense against a threat coming from the North.

The order read:

"Die Armee besetzt und hält eine Stellung von Becken von Sargans über Wallensee - Linth - Zürichsee - Limmat - Bözberg - Hauenstein bis zum Gempenplateau mit Schwergewicht zwischen Zürichsee und Hauenstein.

An der Grenze und zwischen Grenze und Armeestellung verzögern die Grenz- und Vortruppen den Vorstoss des Gegners nachhaltig. Die Besatzungen der an der Grenze und zwischen Grenze und Abwehrfront gelegenen Werke und Stände leisten bis zur letzten Patrone Widerstand, auch wenn sie umgangen und vollständig auf sich allein gestellt sind.

Die Truppen der Südfront sichern gegen allfällige Ueberraschungen.
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"The army holds a position starting at the cauldron of Sargans through the Wallensee - Lake of Zürich - Limmat River - Bözberg - Hauenstein to the plateau of Gempen with the main focus between the lake of Zurich and the Hauenstein.

The border troops and the advanced troops slow down significantly the enemy advance starting at the border. The troops between the border and the main line of defense resist to the last shot, even if they have been bypassed.

The troops on the Southern front secure against any surprises."

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1. AK 2. AK 3. AK 4. AK
Forward Troops none Gz Br 4
Gz Br 5 (- Gz Bat 251)
Stadt Kdo Basel
Gz Br 6
Gz Bat 251
Inf Rgt 26 (from 6. Div)
L Br 2
Ter Bat 161
Gz Br 7
Gz Br 8
L Br 3
Ter Rgt 85
Bat 160
Main Line of Defense 9. Div (+ Gz Br 9, Ter Rgt 78)
Geb Br 10
Geb Br 11
Ter Rgt 87







Other corps troops
3. Div
4. Div
5. Div
Ter Rgt 76, 80
Ter Bat 164, 165, 168, 170, 172, 173, 178, 190
sch mot Kan Rgt 13
sch F Hb Rgt 24
Pont Bat 2



Other corps troops
1. Div
6. Div (-1 Inf Rgt 26)
8. Div
Stadt Kdo Zürich
Ter Rgt 75, 81, 82, 83
Ter Bat 163, 166, 180, 182, 183
sch mot Kan Rgt 12, 14
F Hb Rgt 22
sch F Hb Rgt 25 (- Abt 50)
F Hb Abt 46
Pont Bat 1, 3
Other corps troops
7. Div
12. Geb Br
Fortress Sargans
L Br 1
F Hb Rgt 23
sch F Hb Abt 50






Other corps troops
Army Reserve 2. Div
Inf Rgt 9
Füs Bat 1,2
S Bat 2
Rdf Kp 21, 22, 23
Mot Mitr Kp 1, 2, 3
Mot Ik Kp 21, 22, 23

The table above includes small changes dated 27.2.40 (Inf. Rgt.s 80, 87 and Inf. Bat. 173).

Changes until 10.5.1940

The main changes until the German attack on France on May 10, 1940 were the following:

Second Revision 14.5.1940

Based on the original Operationsbefehl and the changes the Swiss army position looked as below on May 10, 1940.

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On 14.5.40 the general issued a new Operationsbefehl Nr 4 to reflect the changes in a single order.

1. AK 2. AK 3. AK 4. AK Div Gempen
Forward Troops none Gz Br 4 (- Gz Rgt 49, Gz S Bat 257, Tle Mot Mitr Kp 4, Tle Mot Ik Kp 24)
Gz Br 5 (- Gz Bat 251)
Stadt Kdo Basel
Gz Br 6
Gz Bat 251
L Br 2 (Inf Rgt 26 - from 6. Div)
Ter Bat 161
Gz Br 7
Gz Br 8
L Br 3
Ter Rgt 85 (- Ter Bat 161)
 
Stadt Kdo Basel
Ter Rgt St Jakob
Gz S Bat 257
Main Line of Defense 9. Div (+ Gz Br 9, Ter Rgt 78)
Geb Br 10
Geb Br 11
Ter Rgt 87 (- Bat 173)








Other corps troops
3. Div
4. Div
5. Div
Ter Rgt 76, 80
Ter Rgt Hölstein (Ter Bat 168, 170, 172)
Ter Rgt Bözberg ( 173, 178, 190)





Other corps troops
1. Div (+ Ter Bat 163, 182, 183, sch mot Kan Rgt 12, FH Abt 46)
6. Div (-1 Inf Rgt 26, + Ter Bat 166, FH Abt 44)
8. Div (+Ter Rgt 81, + Ter Bat 180)
Stadt Kdo Zürich (Ter Rgt 75, 82, 83)
Pont Bat 1



Other corps troops
7. Div
12. Geb Br
Fortress Sargans
Ter Rgt 71, 72, 77, 79
Ter Bat 167, 186, 188, 192
L Br 1






Other corps troops
3. Gz Br
Gz Rgt 49
Tle Mot Mitr Kp 4
Tle Mot Ik Kp 24
Füs Bat 22
Army Reserve 2. Div
Div Murten

On 7. June 1940 the positions were adapted for the first time to reflect the events in France.

[Last Update 30.08.2010]