The Swiss coat of arms features a red shield with a white cross in the middle. It is similar to the flag of Switzerland.
The Swiss coat of arms is closely related to the flag of the Canton of Schwyz. This canton flag dates back to 1475, during the Burgundian Wars. The original cross depicted Christ’s body as well.
Army members have used this banner since in Battle of Laupen in 1339. The cross served as a contrast from St. Andrew’s Cross and St. George’s Cross. The Switzerland flag was proposed for use for federal forces in the modern day by a General, Guillaume-Henri Dufour. The shade of the color red in the banner has often varied over the years.
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