Thursday 25th July 1940
General Guisan and his 600+ high ranking Army Officers at the Rütli meadow in 1940
General Henri Guisan stepped into the growing despair and on 25th July 1940 he took the entire 600+ Swiss officer corps by paddle steamer along Lake Luzern to the Rütli Meadow, the same spot where pike-wielding herdsmen had formed the
Invoking the spirit of their medieval forebears, he informed his officers that Switzerland would fight back against any invader and issued his famous order:-
"Fight to your last cartridge, then fight with your bayonets - No surrender
- Fight to the death - Switzerland" he declared "would never surrender"
General Guisan lit a torch that would guide the continent's only remaining democracy
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