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Excellent find and post.

the day of the bunker has long passed with laser guiled bunker busters and deadly accurate ATGM's

Always been interested in bunkers especially WW2 bunkers the Germans were masters at building them the Maginot Line was a engineering master piece . Although a flawed defensive strategy

In WW2 the British army used to drive a crocodile flamethrower tank/Churchill variant  to within range, and then gave the defenders a demonstration of its capability's

It was normally enough even for the most fanatical defenders to surrender.   

 

 

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When my wife and I went down to Stelvio in 2007 to cross the pass there we were surprised by the number of fortifications built into the cliffs etc. especially between Austria and Italy

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On ‎10‎/‎04‎/‎2016 at 10:07 PM, Swiso said:

If anybody is interested in bunkers, and specifically Swiss bunkers, here are some interesting links :

 

A quite big fortress that re-opened as a museum recently on top of the St.Gottard pass : http://www.sasso-sangottardo.ch/

Another quite big fortress that opened as a museum in the year 2001 : http://www.crestawald.ch/

 

 

 

On ‎10‎/‎04‎/‎2016 at 10:07 PM, Swiso said:

 

 

Another two links about bunkers and forts of the area where I live : 

http://www.fortemondascia.ch/

http://www.forti.ch/de/

 

The defensive philosophy of Switzerland during WW2 : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Redoubt_%28Switzerland%29

 

 

I always admired the Swiss policy on defence

They equip there army well from what I have seen and read.

by all accounts there training is up to Nato standard but run the military for considerable less cost to the tax payer then other army's of equivalent size. 

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On Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 8:16 PM, Marko said:

I always admired the Swiss policy on defence

They equip there army well from what I have seen and read.

by all accounts there training is up to Nato standard but run the military for considerable less cost to the tax payer then other army's of equivalent size. 

Well is not always the case, think about air defense.....right now the only air defense systems are Stinger missiles, 35mm Oerlikon guns and Rapier system ( and the Rapier is for protecting mobile forces NOT cities or airports or critical points).

From the late eighties, when we dismissed the old Bloodhound SAM system,  Switzerland had not any replacement.... and the Military establishment keep thinking at buying new jet fighters....recently people voted against buying the "new" version of the Gripen, and many voices  ( even from the military ) were critical of buying a new fighter when we don't have an efficient air defense missile system.

I think that for the next 10 to 15 years the 30+ FA18 will be good enough to do air police duty.... I think it will be far more important to get a modern air defence system before looking at new fighter jets.

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didn't the Swiss air policy only work during office hours 8AM to 5PM and from Monday to Friday? at least it was in 2014 when the Ethiopian airplane landed a Geneve.

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37 minutes ago, Galileo said:

didn't the Swiss air policy only work during office hours 8AM to 5PM and from Monday to Friday? at least it was in 2014 when the Ethiopian airplane landed a Geneve.

Yes that's right but this is going to change and by 2020 it's going to be 24/7.

 

 

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