National Geographic : 1941 Apr
Swiss Cherish Their Ancient Liberties Photograph by Schweizer Presse Vertrieb from Black Star Swiss "Minutemen" Keep Their Guns at Home, Ready for Instant Action Under his wife's supervision, this citizen soldier sews on a uniform button and inspects rifle, helmet, and cartridge bandoleer. Today half of Switzerland's available man power, about 250,000 men, is con stantly mobilized. To avoid disrupting civil life, each man serves for two or three months, then is relieved for a similar period by another. In the spring of 1940, during the German drive on France, the entire military strength of the Nation was mobilized. Switzerland has no standing army in normal times.