615 Steinbach Nutcracker Napoleon's Guard
Guard-You can immediately recognize the nationality of this patriotic
Frenchman by his majestic uniform with its blue-white-and-red-
Napoleon too had his elite corps of
body guards — his Garde du Corps — as was the general custom
especially at the courts of sovereigns and kings. Their motto was: “The
loyal guard fights and never surrenders.
Even today there are still body guard
units in monarchies and republics. The former Soviet Union used to
confer the special title of “Guard” upon certain troop contingents
that had especially distinguished themselves. In the USA too there’s a
National Guard, which is really the federal militia. Only specially
selected fellows make it into the elite guard — healthy both in mind
and body and subjected to the most rigorous training. Elite guard units
have always been the toughest of the tough, and you would be well
advised not to tangle with them.
Today you will find in all major
capital cities and especially in cities with governmental headquarters,
all kinds of guard troops performing security and honorary functions,
and though they may not be called “guards”, you’ll recognize them
by their white waist-belts.
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