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Subject:  Re: Local Swiss Determine Citizenship in Switzer Date:  1/19/2018  11:15 AM
Author:  jaagu Number:  529857 of 600758

There is a martial spirit within Switzerland. For 300 years the Swiss were re-known mercenaries.


Since 1859, only one mercenary unit has been permitted: the Vatican's Swiss Guard, which has been protecting the Pope for the last five centuries, dressed in colourful uniforms, supposedly drawn by Michelangelo, reminiscent of the Swiss mercenary's heyday. Despite it being prohibited, individual Swiss citizens carried on the tradition of foreign military service into the twentieth century, including participation in the Spanish Civil War, usually on the Nationalist side. Swiss citizens also served in the German Wehrmacht during the Second World War, although purely on an individual and voluntary basis.
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