Monday, September 20, 2010
This weekend I went just across the border to visit relatives in Germany. House prices are much lower over there, and the government is less patronizing.
Speaking of Germany, this map shows one of the plans for Operation Tannenbaum (Operation Christmas Tree). This was the planned invasion of the neutral state of Switzerland by Nazi Germany during World War II.
Germany started planning the invasion of Switzerland on 25 June 1940, the day France surrendered. After this, Switzerland and Liechtenstein were completely surrounded by the Axis Powers. Hitler never gave the go-ahead, for reasons that are still uncertain today. After D-Day, the operation was put on hold and Switzerland remained neutral for the duration of the war.