This week, marchers from 25 countries assembled in the Dutch town of Nijmegen for the annual "Vierdaagse" -- the international marching event which this year drew 15,000 entrants.
GV Parachutist landing
GV Spectators applaud
GV PAN flags of the world being raised in stadium
SV Marchers wearing costumes of different nations
SV PAN Majorettes marching
SV Spectators applaud
SV Signpost PAN ALONG march route
SCU Norwegian flag ZOOM BACK TO GV rest area
SV Swiss Army marchers past
SCU Royal Air Force and Swiss marchers resting
GV Swedish paratroopers arrive at rest point
GV Troops arriving at rest point
SV Danish Army girls arriving
SV British troops marching
SV Canadian marchers with flags
SCU PAN U.S. troops marching
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Background: This week, marchers from 25 countries assembled in the Dutch town of Nijmegen for the annual "Vierdaagse" -- the international marching event which this year drew 15,000 entrants.
The event has been organised since 1909, with breaks only during the two World Wars. Although the marches are not timed, the accent is on teamwork. If one member drops out, the entire team is disqualified.
Entrants march between the scenes of two fierce World War Two battles -- Nijmegen and Arnheim. It takes about four days and the marchers cover up to 30 miles a day.
One of the largest contingents taking part this year is a group of 1,600 British servicemen.