A Swiss Sergeant-Major To The Kaiser

.Keiser Wilhelm made a state visit to Switzerland shortly before the Great War. After reviewing an honor guard of Swiss soldiers he stopped to compliment their non-com on the men’s soldierly appearance. Half-jokingly he asked the old Sergeant-Major what would little Switzerland do if Imperial Germany invaded them with a force twice as strong. The gray haired Sergeant thought for a moment before answering: “Then, Your Excellency, we would all have to fire our rifles twice!

— Paul Scarlata; The Shotgun News Treasury 2000, p.46

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