• Short Summary

    Although Switzerland managed not to be involved in any war for the last 109 years, it has to keep its army strong and efficient.

  • Description


    Reel 1:



    Women of Civil defense in fire action.



    Women take off their helmets.



    The instructing officer thanks for the fine work.



    Reel 2:



    Putting aside of fragments, with acetylene flame and with women-driven bulldozers.



    Sanitary help.



    The wounded stand up and laugh.




    Initials



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Although Switzerland managed not to be involved in any war for the last 109 years, it has to keep its army strong and efficient. Nowadays are concerned not the soldiers only but the entire population of a country. Swiss women were hard to convince to participate in civil defense exercises as they don't have the right to vote (in spite of the fact that they have to pay taxes).

    However swiss cities, like Zurich (population 450.000), started to organize courses in civil defense. As our coverage shows they were quite successful: From all over the city housewifes as well as career-women got interested in the needs of active wartime civil defense and - by participating in these exercises - helped to demonstrate the swiss principle of well armed neutrality.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA340LYA455RMLULPBDM579HPCU
    Media URN:
    VLVA340LYA455RMLULPBDM579HPCU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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