People's army Visitors were given a warm welcome at a recent two-day show put on by the army at one of its bases near Thun in the Bernese Oberland. (Pictures: Christoph Balsiger, swissinfo) swissinfo.ch What would army life be without a brass band? swissinfo.ch Always stay behind the barrel. swissinfo.ch The best defence is offense - except if you're neutral Switzerland, in which case you have to wait to be attacked. swissinfo.ch Paratroopers always make a grand entrance. swissinfo.ch In case visitors forget what the exhibits are actually made for. swissinfo.ch These highly polished bullets ("rounds" in proper parlance) would certainly pass the sergeant-major's inspection. swissinfo.ch The cavalry were dispensed with long ago, but horses are still used occasionally. swissinfo.ch Army cuisine never gets any better, but at least there's a beer to wash it down. swissinfo.ch One day you too can be a fighter pilot. swissinfo.ch The airforce is always on form. swissinfo.ch The martyr Barbara is the patron saint of the artillery gunners. swissinfo.ch Tanks and armoured vehicles in the "Steel parade". swissinfo.ch 110,000 Swiss showed up to admire their army. swissinfo.ch The Swiss enjoy a day out with the army. This content was published on October 30, 2006 - 16:48 October 30, 2006 - 16:48 Share Facebook Twitter E-mail Print Copy link You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us! If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sort by Newest first Oldest first Load more More More Follow us on Telegram You can now also read us on Telegram. Follow this link to subscribe to our channel!