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Second World War mobilisation remembered

Swiss defence minister Ueli Maurer has paid homage to army veterans on the 70th anniversary of the call up of reserves at the start of the Second World War.

On September 2, 1939, the Swiss government ordered the mobilisation of 400,000 militia soldiers.

The average Swiss man on active duty served 800 days, Maurer said, speaking in an army museum in the village of Full near the German border. “That left its mark not only on the soldiers, but the entire population.”

He added that the Swiss businesses and farmers at the time had one large goal: to survive in freedom.

This is hard to grasp in today’s wealthy society that knows only growth, Maurer said.

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