Construction of the pavilion of the Swiss Army (Wehrhafte Schweiz), designed by Carl Fingerhuth, at the Swiss National Exhibition in 1964 in Lausanne. Photo from the Schweizerische Polierzeitung (Issue 4/64), a Swiss Construction Foremen Magazine.

The building was a symbol of defence, a physical representation of their military combining modernism and the threat of the Cold War.


1)Decorated pavise shields - designed to protect crossbowmen or archers during the medieval period, particularly during sieges .

2)An archer’s pavise finely constructed in kipping with the style of The Burgundian-Swiss War of 1474-77, bearing the arms of the Duchy of Burgundy.

3)Pavise (Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien) – Published: Wehrhafte Stadt: Das Wiener Buergerliche Zeughaus im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert.

4)Setztartsche (Pavise) with St.George and the Dragon, ca. 1480 - Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Wien, Austria.

5)Austrian Pavise, from Klausen, Tyrol, ca 1480 – Austrian Bindenschild (gules, a fess argent). Small coats of arms: St Georges Order and Sigismond of Tyrol.

6)A Bohemian Gothic Hand-Pavise decorated with Gold and Silver Leaf. A minutely-detailed figural group of St.George and the Dragon, ca 1485-90 – The Property of an Austrian Nobleman (Schloss Guntersdorf, Lower Austria).

7)Setztartsche (Pavese), Böhmen, um 1485-1490 (Wiener Burgerlische Zeughaus - Inv. Nr. 126-141) – Wappen von Olmütz vor Flammen-Hintergrund.

8)The Hand-pavise (targe?) of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary (1443-90; King, 1458) – Viennese Master, ca 1485-1490 – Around the combined coat of arms of New Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia and Ancient Hungary are grouped the king’s further coats of arms and the inscription “Alma genitrix Maria interpella pro rege Mathia”. From the charge on the Hunyadi shield, which impales the central coat of arms, Matthias adopted the surname Corvinus (“The Raven”). – (Paris, Musée de l'Armée).  
9)Bemalte große Pavese (Setztartsche) aus Holz, Schweinsleder und Leinwand. Süddeutsch, um 1500. Die Pavese ist 122 cm hoch. (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München W 398).

10)Burgundian with Cross of St Andrew and Firestrikers. Burgunderbeute 1476/77. Buchenholz with painted leather. 1450 - 1475. Zürich Zeughaus. 96 cm x 48,2 cm, depth 1,8 cm. Schweizerisches Landesmuseum Zürich KZ-386 front .