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Swiss army Darwin Award

#1
From: http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/index_darwin2005.html


Darwin said:
(3 January 2005, St. Maurice, Switzerland)
It was the first week of a weapons refresher course, and Swiss Army Grenadier Detachment 20/5 had just finished training with live ammunition. The shooting instructor ordered the soldiers to secure their weapons for a break.
The 24-year-old second lieutenant, in charge of this detachment, decided this would be a good time to demonstrate a knife attack on a soldier. Wielding his bayonet, he leaped toward one of his men, achieving complete surprise.

But earlier that week, the soldiers had been drilled to release the safety catch and ready their guns for firing in the shortest possible time. The surprised soldier, seeing his lieutenant leaping toward him with a knife, snapped off a shot to protect himself from the attack.

The lesson could not have been more successful: the soldier had saved himself and protected the rest of the detachment from a surprise attack. The lieutenant might have wished to commend his soldier on his quick action and accurate marksmanship. Unfortunately, he had been killed with one shot.


I don't suppose anyone can authenticate this?
 
#2
PiperWill said:
From: http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/index_darwin2005.html


Darwin said:
(3 January 2005, St. Maurice, Switzerland)
It was the first week of a weapons refresher course, and Swiss Army Grenadier Detachment 20/5 had just finished training with live ammunition. The shooting instructor ordered the soldiers to secure their weapons for a break.
The 24-year-old second lieutenant, in charge of this detachment, decided this would be a good time to demonstrate a knife attack on a soldier. Wielding his bayonet, he leaped toward one of his men, achieving complete surprise.

But earlier that week, the soldiers had been drilled to release the safety catch and ready their guns for firing in the shortest possible time. The surprised soldier, seeing his lieutenant leaping toward him with a knife, snapped off a shot to protect himself from the attack.

The lesson could not have been more successful: the soldier had saved himself and protected the rest of the detachment from a surprise attack. The lieutenant might have wished to commend his soldier on his quick action and accurate marksmanship. Unfortunately, he had been killed with one shot.


I don't suppose anyone can authenticate this?
Do the Swiss actually have an army? I know they have the knives and those blokeys that gaurd the pope but i thought switzerland only had a militia?
 
#3
Thebull140 said:
PiperWill said:
From: http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/index_darwin2005.html


Darwin said:
(3 January 2005, St. Maurice, Switzerland)
It was the first week of a weapons refresher course, and Swiss Army Grenadier Detachment 20/5 had just finished training with live ammunition. The shooting instructor ordered the soldiers to secure their weapons for a break.
The 24-year-old second lieutenant, in charge of this detachment, decided this would be a good time to demonstrate a knife attack on a soldier. Wielding his bayonet, he leaped toward one of his men, achieving complete surprise.

But earlier that week, the soldiers had been drilled to release the safety catch and ready their guns for firing in the shortest possible time. The surprised soldier, seeing his lieutenant leaping toward him with a knife, snapped off a shot to protect himself from the attack.

The lesson could not have been more successful: the soldier had saved himself and protected the rest of the detachment from a surprise attack. The lieutenant might have wished to commend his soldier on his quick action and accurate marksmanship. Unfortunately, he had been killed with one shot.


I don't suppose anyone can authenticate this?


Do the Swiss actually have an army? I know they have the knives and those blokeys that gaurd the pope but i thought switzerland only had a militia?
Militia - maybe but would you screw around with that many heavily armed militiamen?

http://europeforvisitors.com/switzaustria/articles/swiss_army.htm
 
#4
Switzerland has a militia system, whereby every able bodied male is required to serve either in the militia (or in some weirdo civilian community service) for an initial period of six months in the ranks (recruit training - everyone begins as a private), then for three weeks every two years for a refresher course. Senior ranks are required to serve for longer periods of time and at shorter intervals.

The story sounds possible and not unusual, but not recent. They've calmed down of late, as the militia has been drastically downsized since 1995. Up to then, up to ten fatalities per recruits course were considered acceptable, but that was ten years ago. Saint-Maurice is a base for the grenadiers, which are the Swiss commando types, which lends more truth to the story. Also, on refresher courses, live ammunition is used and rifles are taken home afterwards, with 300 rounds of ammunition. Druggies make good money selling their rifles and ammo to Eastern European drug dealers.

Finally, the lieutenant's behaviour sounds quite like what those blokes would do. Must have worked in a bank in between courses.
 
#7
björn said:
Finally, the lieutenant's behaviour sounds quite like what those blokes would do. Must have worked in a bank in between courses.
Possibly a lot of truth in that comment. One if my clients was a big Swiss insurer. Someof these insurters told me that a lot of the informal deal making and patronage we associate with the gof club or masonics the swiss do through the Army. Rank in the army carries weight in business.
 

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#8
björn said:
<SNIP> the lieutenant's behaviour sounds quite like what those blokes would do. Must have worked in a bank in between courses.
You're saying the lieutenant was a banker?

Sounds close enough to me.

;o)
 

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