Swiss Operational Planning after the Fall of France
For a timeline of
the Swiss operational planning see "Swiss
Operational Planning 1939 to 1941".
To match the planning against the German attack planning see "German
The Strategic Situation
The map below shows the main railroad connections
which were interesting for the Axis. There are two main North-South connections
with the Gotthard and the Lötschberg - Simplon route.
In addition there was one major East - West
connection exiting at Geneva. There were and still are a few important railway
- Olten: one of the key railway node,
since the North-South axis Basel - Gotthard - Italy passes through as well as
the main East - West line Zürich - Berne.
- Rotkreuz: Here the North - South lines
coming through Basel - Olten and Schaffhausen - Zürich and Austria - Sargans
connect to the Gotthard line.
- Zürich: Here the East - West and the
North - South line coming from Schaffhausen connect.
- Bern: Here the North - South line
through the Lötschberg and Simplon connect to the rest of the railway network.
Other key railroad passages were:
- Zimmerberg Tunnel: here the North -
South / East - West lines coming from Austria connect to the Gotthard line.