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Switzerland Prepares For Mass Civil Unrest In Europe

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 6:56
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Talk about a bell weather for social unrest.  The Swiss of all countries and people, the Swiss are preparing for civil unrest.  A country with a fortified mentality and nutraility is preparing for civil unrest.  -Mort

 

Despite being one of the most stable and economically vibrant countries in the world, primarily as a result of its refusal to join the Euro, Switzerland is preparing for mass civil unrest in central Europe that could spill over its border, by mobilizing troops to deal with potential disorder.
 
The Swiss military is adding four new military battalions to its army that will be spread around the country for the purposes of dealing with the fallout from any widespread disorder that could arise from the crumbling Eurozone.
 
“Minister Maurer, accompanied by whispers from the top uniformed leadership in Switzerland, is trying to raise awareness that Europe’s massive fiscal-cum-political crisis could get very unpleasant, writes John R. Schindler, a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. “Swiss military exercises in September, called STABILO DUE, were based on EU instability getting out of hand. The Swiss have stayed out of the EU – one more thing the very prosperous Swiss are gloating about these days – and they certainly don’t want EU problems spilling over into their peaceful little country.”
 
Maurer is concerned that the massive decline in European militaries since the end of the Cold War could leave countries vulnerable to insurrections and even race wars.
 
Schindler notes that if the ire of Muslims is raised a couple of notches above the anger that was stirred as a result of the YouTube “film” which insulted the Prophet Mohammad, immigrants in European countries could rise up.
 
“It’s commonly held by European security insiders that if the next Anders Brievik were to target Muslims, not fellow Europeans, things could get unimaginably ugly very quickly,” he writes. “It is difficult to see how Europe’s much smaller militaries could cope with massive civil disturbances. (And don’t ask Uncle Sam for help, since the very last thing the Pentagon wants is to get dragged into any riot suppression – particularly putting down Muslim uprisings – anywhere in Europe.)”
 
 
Structure of the Swiss Army:
 
Since the Army XXI reform in 2004, the basic structure of the Land Forces has been reorganised in the following units: infantry brigades (2 and 5); mountain infantry brigades (9 and 12); armoured brigades (1 and 11).  Additionally two large reserve brigades (Infantry Brigade 7 and Mountain Brigade 10) exist. Four territorial regions link the Land Forces with the cantons by coordinating territorial tasks inside of their sector and are immediately responsible for the security of their regions, depending only on the decisions of the Federal Council.
 
The Territorial Regions have their headquarters located as follows: Territorial Region 1, Morges (Vaud), Territorial Region 2, Kriens, Territorial Region 3 (Altdorf), and Territorial Region 4 (St. Gallen). According to Commons, Territoral Region 3 includes Emergency Aid Battalion 3 (‘Bat acc 3′?), and Engineer Battalions 9, 12, and 24.
 
Structure of the Land Forces
Armoured Brigades
Armoured Brigade 1 (HQ Morges, Vaud)
Command Support Battalion 1 (Bataillon d’aide au commandement 1)
Reconnaissance Battalion 1 (Bataillon d’exploration 1)
Armoured Battalion 12 (Bataillon de chars 12)
Armoured Battalion 17 (Bataillon de chars 17)
Armoured Battalion 18 (Bataillon de chars 18)
Infantry Battalion 16
Artillery Battalion 1
Armoured Engineer Battalion 1
Armoured Brigade 11 (see de:Panzerbrigade 11)
Command Support Battalion 11
Reconnaissance battalion 11
Armoured Battalion 13
Armoured Battalion 14
Mechanized Infantry battalion 29
Infantry Battalion 61
Artillery Battalion 16
Armoured Engineer Battalion 11
During 2010, the armoured and mechanized infantry battalions were restructured as Combined Arms Battalions; as from 1 January 2011, each had a Staff Company, a Logistics Company, 2 Tank Companies and 2 Mechanized Infantry Companies equipped with infantry fighting vehicles..
Infantry Brigades
Infantry Brigade 2 (Brigade d’infanterie 2)[12] (HQ Saint-Maurice, Switzerland)
Command Support Battalion 2 (Bataillon d’aide au commandement 2)
Reconnaissance Battalion 2 (Bataillon d’exploration 2)
Rifle battalion 1 (Bataillon de Carabiniers 1)
Infantry Battalion 13 (Infanteriebataillon 13)
Rifle battalion 14 (Bataillon de Carabiniers 14)
Infantry Battalion 19 (Bataillon d’infanterie 19)
Artillery Battalion 54 (Artillerie Abteilung 54)
Infantry Brigade 5
Command Support Battalion 5
Reconnaissance Battalion 5
Infantry battalion 11
Infantry Battalion 20
Infantry Battalion 56
Infantry Battalion 97
Artillery Battalion 10
Mountain Infantry Brigades
Mountain Infantry Brigade 9 (Brigata fanteria montagna 9)
Command Support Battalion 9 (Battaglione aiuto condotta 9)
Mountain Infantry battalion 7 (Bataillon d’infanterie de montagne 7)
Mountain Infantry Battalion 17 (Gebirgsinfanteriebataillon 17)
Mountain Infantry Battalion 29 (Gebirgsinfanteriebataillon 29)
Mountain Infantry Battalion 30 (Battaglione fanteria montagna 30)
Mountain Infantry Battalion 48 (Gebirgsinfanteriebataillon 48)
Artillery Battalion 49 (Gruppo artiglieria 49)
Mountain Infantry Brigade 12
Command Support Battalion 12
Mountain Rifle battalion 6 (Gebirgsschützenbataillon 6)
Infantry Battalion 65
Infantry Battalion 70
Mountain Infantry Battalion 77
Mountain Infantry Battalion 85
Fortress Artillery Battalion 13
Reserve Brigades
Infantry Brigade 7
Command Support Battalion 7
ISTAR Reconnaissance Battalion 7
Reconnaissance Battalion 9
Reconnaissance Battalion 12
Mechanized Infantry Battalion 8
Mechanized Infantry Battalion 28
Infantry Battalion 54
Infantry Battalion 60
Mountain Infantry Battalion 72
Infantry Battalion 73
Mountain Infantry Battalion 91
Artillery Battalion 47
Mountain Brigade 10[17] (HQ Saint-Maurice, Switzerland)
Command Support Battalion 10 (Bataillon d’aide au commandement 10)
Reconnaissance battalion 4
Reconnaissance Battalion 10 (Bataillon d’exploration 10)
Armoured Battalion 15 (Bataillon de chars 15)
Mechanized Infantry battalion 20
Rifle Battalion 5 (Schützenbataillon 5)
Mountain Infantry Battalion 8 (Bataillon d’infanterie de montagne 8)
Mountain Infantry Battalion 10 (Bataillon d’infanterie de montagne 10)
Infantry Battalion 24 (Bataillon d’infanterie 24)
Infantry Battalion 36
Artillery Battalion 32
Artillery Battalion 41

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