National Geographic : 1937 Dec
Photograph Des Nations WALLED BY ARMED NEIGHBORS, THE ALERT SWISS ARMY "KEEPS ITS POWDER DRY" Here a division of the citizen army is passing in review before admiring crowds near Lausanne. The Swiss held their annual war maneuvers while theNyon Confer ence on submarine piracy was sitting. Though Switzerland maintains only a small standing army, every man up to theage of49isamember ofthetrained reserves, and younger men are called out for maneuvers annually. The Swiss mountain passes are heavily fortified. The national flag,atthe head ofthecolumn, bears awhite cross ona red field, a device that dates from the Crusades.