Topics of military history


Guillaume-Henri Dufour, Ulrich Wille and Henri Guisan. Of the eighteen generals who have served as the head of the Swiss Armed Forces, these are the three most notable in Switzerland's military history. Appointed by Parliament to the highest level of command over the armed forces, their task was to protect the Swiss Confederation in times of crisis and war. The series 'Chiefs of the Swiss Armed Forces' will shine a spotlight on all of Switzerland's highest-ranking generals throughout its military history, with profiles to be published periodically in the coming months.


Ulrich Wille

On 11 November 1918, World War I ended when the armistice of Compiègne came into force. Fears sparked by the first general strike from 12 to 14 November, however, led to an extension of mobilisation in Switzerland. Finally, on 11 December 1918, General Wille, commander-in-chief of the Swiss military, handed over command and was discharged from his duties.