Was the Luftwaffe really against the Nazis?

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The Swiss Air Force shot down almost a dozen German aircraft during World War II. The military did not go unpunished for violating airspace. But when the Nazi government threatened to take tough measures, the Federal Council whistled the fighter pilots back.

Switzerland did not accept violations of the airspace during World War II. In an aerial battle, Swiss fighter pilots shot a total of eleven German military aircraft from the sky when they entered the Swiss airspace without a permit.

A reaction from the Nazi government in Berlin was not long in coming: Hitler threatened to take tough measures if the attacks on German planes did not stop. As a result, the Swiss pilots were no longer allowed to attack high-flyers from 1940 to 1943. Only the anti-aircraft defense from the ground was still in use, but with little success because the foreign planes flew too high. It was not until 1943 that the pilots were allowed to take to the skies again. This time it was all about Allied bombers, which were led by the Swiss to land.

The article tells the story of the Swiss Air Force during the Second World War in an impressive way: Germans and Swiss fighter pilots report on air battles in which it was a matter of life and death. Original recordings provide an impression of how the spectacular dogfights took place.

Step: Sec I, Sec II

Subjects: history

Keywords: Nazis, National Socialism, Air Force, Third Reich, neutrality, Messerschmitt, air defense

Production: Otto C. Honegger. SRF 1991.

VOD: Unlimited.

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