History

These "red soldiers" are a legacy from ancient soldiering days. For centuries many residents of the Lötschental have made a living for themselves in far-flung countries. According to the death register, 6 men from the Lötschental, for example, fell in 1644 at the Battle of Lerida in Catalonia. The white silk banner with red cross (Savoyard cross), which is kept in the parish archive in Kippel, also goes back to this time and the year 1625. The men of the Lötschental were also active at the royal courts of Versailles and Naples - it is from there that the uniforms of the Grenadiers of God originate. The soldiers returned to their villages, brought their parade uniforms with them and wear them again at Christian festivals in honour of God.

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