General Guisan’s jacket sold for SFr155,000

Swiss general Henri Guisan pictured in 1945 RDB

An officer’s jacket which belonged to revered Swiss general Henri Guisan has sold at auction for SFr155,000 ($179,000).

This content was published on May 26, 2011 - 16:41 and agencies

The jacket is believed to have been worn by the general between 1939 and 1945. The Stuker auction house in Bern, which sold the jacket, had estimated it would sell for SFr7,000.

Guisan is perhaps Switzerland’s most famous soldier. He is credited with having mobilised both the Swiss army and the country into preparing a resistance against a possible Nazi invasion during the Second World War.

Also sold on Thursday was a pocket watch engraved with the words “General Guisan” and with the Guisan family crest, which fetched SFr5,000.

The general’s officer’s dagger sold for SFr7,000.

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