Switzerland has seen some tough and harsh history as well, in which battles and rebellions where fought to grant the freedom of the Swiss folk.
In the midst of battle, where the bravery of one self is tested to the limit, some of our countrymen gave it all sacrificing even their own life for a single purpose.
Wilhelm Tell: the tale tells that he became the leader of the rebellion against the tyranny of the Austrians. He was condemned by Gessler, the Vogt of Altdorf, to shoot an apple on the head of is son because he refused to bow in front of a hat. However, Wilhelm was an excellent marksman with the crossbow and split the apple with a single bolt. And so he made an example for all of his countrymen to resist and fight against the Habsburg invaders.(on wikipedia)
Arnold von Winkelried: during the battle of Sempach against the Habsburg, Arnold von Winkelried sacrificed his life by throwing himself upon the Austrian pikes. By doing so he opened a passage allowing the Swiss to win the battle. The last cry of Arnold went to his family: “I will open a passage into the line; protect, dear countrymen and confederates, my wife and children…” (on wikipedia)
Ueli Rotach: while fighting the Austrian besides his brothers in arms it is said that he was cornered into a barn. He fought with bravery to the end, even when the Austrian set fire to the barn.