People's army ... Print comment 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) What would army life be without a brass band? Always stay behind the barrel. The best defence is offense - except if you're neutral Switzerland, in which case you have to wait to be attacked. Paratroopers always make a grand entrance. In case visitors forget what the exhibits are actually made for. These highly polished bullets ("rounds" in proper parlance) would certainly pass the sergeant-major's inspection. The cavalry were dispensed with long ago, but horses are still used occasionally. Army cuisine never gets any better, but at least there's a beer to wash it down. One day you too can be a fighter pilot. The airforce is always on form. The martyr Barbara is the patron saint of the artillery gunners. Tanks and armoured vehicles in the "Steel parade". 110,000 Swiss showed up to admire their army. The Swiss enjoy a day out with the army. Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line subscription form Form for signing up for free newsletter. Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox. Email address Top stories (weekly) Latest news (daily) Business (weekly) Politics (weekly) Society (weekly) Fintech (monthly) Click here to see more newsletters swissinfo EN The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. swissinfo.ch Join us on Facebook!