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Inventory of army and war memorials in Switzerland (DDPS)

The Inventory of Army and War Memorials in Switzerland includes around 900 sculptures, commemorative stones and plaques, stelae, obelisks or statues that have been erected over the years in Switzerland to commemorate military-historical events and persons. They commemorate old Swiss battles, the presence of foreign armed forces in Switzerland, accidents and disasters, disbanded troop units, outstanding personalities of the armed forces or the two active services of the 20th century and are categorised accordingly.

11.11.2021 | www.geo.admin.ch

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The army and war memorials that exist in Switzerland commemorate soldiers who have died, recall the battles of the old Swiss Confederation, or recall the presence of foreign troops in Switzerland. What has been missing until now is an overview of these commemorative signs - an inventory that shows their number, their characteristics and their diversity.

The present inventory provides an overview of commemorative traditions in digital form, ranging from monumental memorials to battle and military men, which are highly visible in public spaces, to personal and silent signs of remembrance of individual comrades. The database publishes the diverse memorials, makes them visible and tangible and reflects the history of the armed forces in the form of monuments. It also contributes to the preservation of cultural heritage in Switzerland and highlights the decentralised commemorative cultures. By making the inventory publicly usable and presenting it cartographically, the distribution of monuments in the geographical area of Switzerland is made visible. The inventory can thus serve as a data set and basis on which further, more in-depth studies can ultimately be based.

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Link to the Inventory of army and war memorials in Switzerland

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