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Accidental Invasion!

Posted in Fun by homeyra on March 3, 2007

Thanks Loopy for the following lead!
Swiss accidentally invade Liechtenstein

ZURICH, Switzerland – What began as a routine training exercise almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein … the 170 infantry soldiers wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back.

A spokesman for the Swiss army confirmed the story but said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion. “We’ve spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it’s not a problem” … Officials in Liechtenstein also played down the incident.

Interior ministry spokesman Markus Amman said nobody in Liechtenstein had even noticed the soldiers, who were carrying assault rifles but no ammunition. “It’s not like they stormed over here with attack helicopters or something,” he said.

Liechtenstein, which has about 34,000 inhabitants and is slightly smaller than Washington DC, doesn’t have an army.


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  1. Manas said, on March 4, 2007 at 6:13 am

    Hahaha… 🙂

  2. Curtis said, on March 8, 2007 at 4:32 am

    I, too, had to chuckle when I read about that. I can somewhat relate—I once had the good fortune to visit Liechtenstein and to have my passport stamped there, and it’s very difficult to tell just where Liechtenstein begins and ends.

    In the southern US we often speak of “one light” towns, meaning that a town is sufficiently small to have only one automatic traffic light. Liechtenstein is something of a “one light” country—but it’s quite beautiful, and there I witnessed the hugest snowflakes I’ve yet seen.

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