General Henri Guisan sidearm (P06/29) and private pistol (FN 1906 in .25 ACP). #museemilitairevaudois #reblog
Another famous dictator lived in Bern, Benedetto Mussolini, when he was still a socialist strike leader.
Vladimir Lenin’s library card in Bern.
Vladimir was a fervent believer in the adage don’t judge a book by its cover, just let the Cheka deal with it and a political commissar execute the deviant by shooting it in the neck.
Waiting for the socialists in Federal Palace in Bern, 1930s.
Border between Fribourg (Freiburg) and Vaud (Waadt) cantons in the woods. At first glance, I thought the numbers were the year of joining the Swiss Confederation, but both are wrong (respectively 1481 and 1803) – so have I no idea what they are about.
American occupation money for France
Kuhn pistol, circa 1850-1860, 9mm caliber.
I think most of FM 25 were discarded for military use in the early sixties. The context of this picture was a visit to Festung Reuenthal (in Kanton Aargau), one of the many closed fortresses/bunkers aimed at Germany, and reopened and serviced by a bunch of military history fans. This one is pretty interesting since they aimed to preserve the WW2 atmosphere, and also used the formidable installation to host a modern military weapons museum. I have to admit that I never saw a FM 25 in action in a shooting range, even if there are probably a lot still in civilian hands.