The Abridged Story of the Swiss Square Flag

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Normal national colours are rectangular and let's put it this way... peaceful. That is not the case with the Swiss national colours. Here follows the extraordinary journey of the Swiss flag. Depicted: the Swiss Pantone 485 C Red. The approved colour of the Swiss Confederation's flag. Our story begins in the Middle Ages, up in … Continue reading The Abridged Story of the Swiss Square Flag

Just how good were Swiss mercenaries?

The Swiss Reisläufer (meaning those who go to war) were the best soldiers for hire money could buy. In fact, their northern archenemies, the German landsknechte (knights of the land), started by emulating them. And we all know what they say about emulation: it is a high form of flattery. Swiss Reisläufer - sketch D … Continue reading Just how good were Swiss mercenaries?