Did non-Nazi German nationalists ever set their sights on Switzerland?

johnincornwall

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Nov 2010
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He wouldn't--hence my point that one didn't need to be a Nazi to be a German nationalist.
Of course you don't, see Steve V's post below


The Oxford Dictionary definition defines a nationalist as one who supports his/her nation to the exclusion of other nations.

A second definition is one who promotes the independence of his/her country.

nationalist | Definition of nationalist in English by Oxford Dictionaries.

It could fit many people. It doesn't mean they are Nazis which is shorthand for a specific historic German political party that no longer exists. (Even though "Nazi" comes from the first word (National) of the party's name.)
 

At Each Kilometer

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The German abbreviation Nazi represents the pronunciation of Nati- in Nationalsozialist translation national socialist, in the same way as Sozi for Sozialist - ordinary socialist
 
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Expansionism and conquest just happened to intertwine with Nazism, as it does with all sorts of ideologies. Nazism is a brand of Fascism that scapegoats internal ethnic demographics as a cause of a country's problem and proposes a "solution". Territory was important to the Nazi's to replace their scapegoats with "living space" for Germans, Switzerland size wise and strategic really wasn't worth the trouble given the Nazi's goals, if it was it would have been invaded.

Hapsburg's honestly would have had the biggest incentive given that Switzerland was their original land holding.
 

Futurist

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Expansionism and conquest just happened to intertwine with Nazism, as it does with all sorts of ideologies. Nazism is a brand of Fascism that scapegoats internal ethnic demographics as a cause of a country's problem and proposes a "solution". Territory was important to the Nazi's to replace their scapegoats with "living space" for Germans, Switzerland size wise and strategic really wasn't worth the trouble given the Nazi's goals, if it was it would have been invaded.

Hapsburg's honestly would have had the biggest incentive given that Switzerland was their original land holding.
A Hapsburg invasion of Switzerland sounds interesting. When's the most plausible time for it to have occurred, in your opinion?
 

sparky

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....Been there ....done that
the Swiss peasant trashed the Austrian knights time and again , they would have done a encore out of sheer pleasure
 
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A Hapsburg invasion of Switzerland sounds interesting. When's the most plausible time for it to have occurred, in your opinion?
I don't really know, just seems like a target of an expansionist likely Fascist leader of a surviving Hapsburg empire in a timeline where the Hapsburg lands remained connected, similar to Austria. Probably around the same time.
 

Pendennis

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Mar 2013
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Spain did not 'remain solidly neutral' Franco sent a Spanish contingent to fight with the Nazi army on the eastern front and he was definitrly hoping for an Axis victory in 1940-43 against the allies.
Why do you think that the British intelligence services arranged for 'THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS' to be washed up on a Spansh beach? Becsuse they knew that The Spanish Fascist regime would pass on any info gained from this source to the Nazis. And they did.