Switzerland Invades Liechtenstein overnight

Switzerland Invades Liechtenstein overnight

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    Switzerland Invades Liechtenstein overnight

    OOOOOPPPS!!!!!

    "Hey Lt. I'm not sure we are supposed to be here."
    "Nonesense Sgt. I know exactly where we are and where we are headed."

    http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=250344

    ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- 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.

    According to Swiss daily Blick, 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," Daniel Reist told The Associated Press.

    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.
    Sounds like some more land nav is in order for the Swiss Army. At least Leichtenstein took the whole incident well (as I suppose a country without an army would have to.)
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    So they get issued sig rifles, a fancy swiss army knife, but no GPS?

    Oh well, they can reciprocate and let Liechtenstein invade them on the weekend, have beers & everyone can go home afterwards...

    No big deal.

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    Would this be called a peacful invasion?
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    No one stopped and asked for directions?

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    Do they get to draw a card?

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    ... the 170 infantry soldiers wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality ... nobody in Liechtenstein had even noticed the soldiers ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MD_Willington View Post
    So they get issued sig rifles, a fancy swiss army knife, but no GPS?
    and no bullets! I know it was just an exercise, but what about readiness? Oh, that's right, they're neutral. On everything. Always.
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    my wife informs me that the unit was obviously all men - and thusly "would not stop and ask for directions"


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    So... We have a country that has not sent it's troops to war since Napoleon the 1st was alive (isn't that the last time the French won battles?) invading a country that has not had an army in just about the same length of time. Sounds like a match of military titans.
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    They don't have an army, what are they supposed to say "keep off the grass"? Sounds like they have to stay on the good side of the armed neighbors.
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    They walked a mile into a country the size of DC and nobody knew? Good grief!
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    Should We Send Donations...

    to Liechtenstein to rebuild their country?

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    Enlightened citizenship. As it should be: the mere presence of arms doesn't indicate ill will; ill will/actions do. Of course, I'm sure the "invaders" are going to take a bit more care, in future. And, I haven't the first clue of how well-prepared to resist the L.citizens are. Perhaps now more than prior to this incident.
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