Austrian, german and dutch special forces operators on a mountain expedition.
Swiss Guard Armory in Vatican City
This has given me such a raging hard on. My entire day has now been turned around
Imagine some dude in that armor sportin a shorty M1 (I think) defending the Pope
I’d imagine there must be some training videos of this somewhere. There has to be.
Very off theme, but bear with me. The majority of firearms in that photo are not used. The Swiss Guard tend to use equipment that is contemporary with Swiss army gear, the reason being that it is because it is what they trained with before entering the Swiss Guard (One of the requirements is service with the Swiss armed forces, with a certificate of good conduct.) SiG 550’s and 552’s are the current standard, along with various pistols, carbines such as the MP5 and so on.
March 1992. Bijeljina.
"I found myself in Belgrade in March of 1992 waiting to finish a story when a colleague received a call that fighting had started just over the border in a small Bosnian town, Bijeljina. We rushed there and found the town already split in half between Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Serbs with everyone armed. How it started was unclear with each side saying the other had fired the first shot. After several days of watching the town baker fight against the candlestick maker, armed with hunting rifles and pistols, a convoy of well-armed Serbian paramilitaries arrived to, in their words, ‘cleanse the town of fundamentalists.’
The unit, called the Tigers and led by a warlord named Arkan, already had a brutal reputation for fighting and taking no prisoners in the previous conflict in Croatia. I had photographed Arkan a few months earlier and using our brief interaction, as well as his desire to look good in front of the international media, I asked to photograph his troops in battle. He readily agreed and attached me to a small unit that included one soldier who spoke English. I was with them when a middle-aged couple had been brought out of a house. There I saw a scene of chaos and thought there was nothing I could do to stop it. The woman was screaming, the soldiers were screaming, some telling me not to take any photos and then several shots rang out. The man fell onto his back. The woman, later found to be his wife, tried to stem the bleeding while holding his hand. More shots rang out and she fell as another woman, her sister, came out and was shot as well.
Although I had images of the civilians being shot I needed a photograph with the soldiers and victims in the same frame in order to provide a true piece of evidence of the war crime. I stood in the middle of the street in order to just to have them all the same frame. As I composed the frame the Serbian soldier came into the frame and I took the image. When TIME published all the images a few days later I was sure that this was the final piece of evidence the world needed in order to react. There was no reaction and the first shots were fired the following week in Sarajevo creating a war that lasted almost four years, killing thousands of people.”
- Ron Haviv—VII.