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The Development Of The Swiss Army’s Combat Methods After The First World War

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As is generally known, Switzerland's armed forces did not actively participate in the power struggles of the First World War and were not directly confronted with the changes in warfare between 1914 and 1918. This chapter focuses on the development of the combat methods of the Swiss army in the 1920s. This decade reveals to what extent the analysis of foreign combat experience entered into the genesis of the most important Swiss field manual. This is primarily examined by studying published records of senior officers, who were chiefs of the General Staff, or commanding officers respectively chiefs of staff of a major formation. The dossier of the field manual Felddienst 27 and the protocols of the Landesverteidigungskommission (LVK, commission of national defence) are analyzed.

Keywords: combat methods; Felddienst 27; First World War; Swiss army



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