Swiss Fortress Sargans (Festung Sargans) - May 10, 1940

[Task and Position] [Order of Battle]

Task and Position

The fortification of Sargans was the newest of the three corner stones of the alpine fortification system in Switzerland. Its construction began in the late 30s and in May 1940 the first works had been readied only for a few weeks or months.

The task of the forteress of Sargans was to block the entry into the Grisons (Graubünden) from the North and therefore to protect the Eastern approaches to the St. Gotthard fortifications.

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Order of Battle

The fortress consisted of forces which equalled almost a full division.

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The fortresses were activated in the following sequence

  Status 75mm Guns 105mm Guns
Schollberg I ready May 1940 3  
Ansstein ready May 1940 4  
Magletsch August 1940 4 3
Furggels July 1940   2
Tschingel ready May 1940    
Kastels October 1940   2
Total   11 7

 

  Sep 1939 Mai 1940 Juli 1940 Sep 1940 Nov 1940
Men ca 17'000 ca 17'000 ca 17'000 ca 17'000 ca 17'000
LMG 624 624 624 624 624
Laf LMG 147 147 147 147 147
sMG 294 294 294 294 294
81mm Mortar 48 48 48 48 48
47mm ATG 36 36 36 36 36
75mm Feldgeschütz 15 15 15 19 19
105mm sch mot Kan 0 0 2 5 7
120mm Feldhaubitze 20 20 20 20 20
150mm Feldhaubitze 0 0 0 0 0

[Last Update 30.08.2010]