Fourth Set of Plans (HGr C) - 4. October 1940

The planning was initiated by an order by the OKH (signed on order of Halder to HGr C) on 26. August 1940 which yielded the third plan. This third plan was probably never forwarded to the OKH, but reworked and sent then on 4. October 1940.

There are some interesting details in the plan prepared by the HGr C in October 1940:

In total the army expected to face three border brigades, 3 to 4 infantry divisions in the Mentue-Neuchatel-Solothurn-Basel position. An additional 2 to 3 Swiss divisions were expected to be moved to counter the attack - a total of 5 to 7 divisions. In reality there would have been only 3 to 4 divisions in the "Advanced Position". Six of the 10 Swiss divisions were located in the "Central Area".

The plan asked for 21 divisions - On 9. October 1940 the OKH replied that 11 divisions would be enough for the task. A statement which was confirmed by Halder with handwritten notes on the statement a few days later.

Plan Submitted by HGr C

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Based on the (wrong) information mentioned above the German plan states:

This attack would have left more than half of the Swiss forces intact (with the possibility to prolong the fight for another six months).

OOB

A.O.K. (Besancon)

1 le Flab Abt
3 Pio Bn (mot)
3 - 4 Construction Bn
3 - 4 Truck columns
3 - 4 Railroad construction Coys

Attack Group A

AK (mot), 1 mixed AA Bn, 1 Pio Rgt 1), 2 Panzer Div (+1 le Flab Abt each), 1 ID (mot)
AK, 1 mixed AA Bn, 1 Pio Rgt 1), 1 Geb Div, 2 ID

Attack Group B

AK, 1 mixed AA Bn, 1 Pio Rgt 1), 1 Geb Div, 1 ID

Attack Group C

AK, 1 mixed AA Bn, 1 Pio Rgt 1), 2 ID, 1 Panzer Div (+1 le Flab Abt)

A.O.K. (Tuttlingen)

1 le Flab Abt
3 Pio Bn (mot)
3 - 4 Construction Bn
3 - 4 Truck columns
3 - 4 Railroad construction Coys

Attack Group D

AK (mot), 1 mixed AA Bn, 1 Pio Rgt 1), 2 Panzer Div (+1 le Flab Abt each), 1 ID (mot)
AK, 1 mixed AA Bn, 1 Pio Rgt 1), 2 ID

Attack Group E

1 AK, 1 mixed AA Bn, 1 Pio Rgt 1), 1 Geb Div, 1 ID

1) 2 Bridge Columns, 1 Bridge construction Bn, 1 Road construction Bn, 2 - 3 Construction Bn, 2 60t Transport Col

Adaptations by OKH

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A.O.K. (Besancon)

1 le Flab Abt
3 Pio Bn (mot)
3 - 4 Construction Bn
3 - 4 Truck columns
3 - 4 Railroad construction Coys

Attack Group A

AK (mot), 1 mixed AA Bn, 1 Pio Rgt 1), 2 Panzer Div (+1 le Flab Abt each), 1 ID (mot), 1 Geb Div

Attack Group B

AK, 1 mixed AA Bn, 1 Pio Rgt 1), 1 Geb Div, 1 ID

Attack Group C

AK, 1 mixed AA Bn, 1 Pio Rgt 1), 1 ID, 1 Panzer Div (+1 le Flab Abt)

Attack Group D

AK (mot), 1 mixed AA Bn, 1 Pio Rgt 1), 1 Panzer Div (+1 le Flab Abt), 1 ID (mot), 1 ID

Attack Group E

1) 2 Bridge Columns, 1 Bridge construction Bn, 1 Road construction Bn, 2 - 3 Construction Bn, 2 60t Transport Col

 

[Last Update 30.08.2010]