Category: War/battle

19. June 2020

Middle Ages | War/battle

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The battle of Grandson

by James Blake Wiener

The Battle of Grandson on March 2, 1476 is one of the most celebrated and decisive battles in Swiss history and signalled their emergence as an integral player in wider European affairs.

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13. May 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Mass exodus from Basel

by Gabriel Heim

In May 1940, a Wehrmacht attack was imminent. At least the inhabitants of Basel thought so, and many fled to the interior of Switzerland.

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8. May 2020

20th / 21st century | Art

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Extreme pictures from extreme times

by Kurt Messmer

Two German painters, contemporaries, reacted to the ‘age of catastrophe’ of 1914-1945 in very different ways. One painted a harsh and objective depiction of the world he saw. The other persisted in a rural idyll. Both approaches are political.

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24. April 2020

20th / 21st century | Economy

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Switzerland on the high seas

by Jean-Luc Rickenbacher

Switzerland is a seafaring nation. Supply shortages during two world wars ‘drove’ the Swiss onto the open sea.

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22. April 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Showdown at the Simplon

by Raphael Rues

On 22 April 1945 Italian partisans, together with the Swiss secret service, foiled a plot to blow up the Simplon Tunnel. The German Wehrmacht had planned to destroy it.

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