European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Mar 24 1957, Page 11

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 24, 1957, Darmstadt, Hesse Sentry paces a Vatican helmeted recruit places his hand on rhe Vatican Flag and swears allegiance to the Swiss guards Are a colourful group As they March into a Vatican colourful in Michaelangel designed organization is the Popes personal bodyguard by Henry staff writer new guardsmen drink a Toast after Swearingin Swiss guards pocket sized papal army a familiar sight to tourists visit ing Rome is the colourful Swiss members of the pocket sized papal army that stands guard at the Gates of the for More than 450 resplendent in medieval yellow remand Blue striped uniforms designed by the Michael have paced the pavements keep ing watch Over the residence of the the guards had their beginning in when Pope Julius Patron of Raphael and selected a Small group of Swiss soldiers to form his personal As time went this tiny army became known to millions of per sons throughout the service in the guard is considered quite an but the salary is not too High by american army receive lire a fre the unit is below in to strength and about 90 officers and men make up the the pomp and pageantry of the Renais Sance period is recalled when new recruits for the guards Are sworn the ceremony is pretty much As it was when the first Swearingin lung the colourful Mouldie guards men like the oath by placing their Handi on the Vatican Flag and swearing Alie Fiance to the for the the Swiss guards Trace their origin from when 130 rookies arrived to take up their Post As the pontiffs about 20 Yean after the guard was they were called upon to prove their Mettle in the corps then numbered Sou daring the sack of in 147 of them defending Pope Dement survivors managed to hold out in the of Castle son which guards the approach to City of of the guards is one modern machine gun and rifles one each per in they with gleaming and colourful garb and with nothing More than a a shafted 15th Century the men hit the firing Range from time to but practice ukes place outside the Vatican City for firing within the Vatican area is included in the to is it drummer and three pipers who beat the band for the guardsmen on special March 1957 Thi stars and stripes it

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