The old tin figures in the picture above show Swiss Guards. From the left:
- A corporal armed with a short pike, the symbol of his
- A guardman with the Hellebarde. This arm, a combination
of axe, fang and pike, was especially effective in street fighting with mounted
- A private with the
a 5 feed sword, the so said Bidenhaender (Two handed sword). In combat against
foodmen the ultimate weapon.
- A drummer and at the right end a piper. In old times
the sound of Swiss drums and pipes spread fair to their enemies.
- A platoon leader. He is only armed with a sword. In
the left hand he holds a commander's mace. Behind the tin figures, you see
the ivory head of such a commander's mace, with the Werlen
coat of arms.
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||Werlen coat of arms
Since 1506 the Vatican's Swiss Guard protect the Holy Father and ensure security
at the Apostolic Palace.
Soon on this screen: A short history of the Swissguard and their origin.
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