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RED ALERT: Swiss invade Liechtenstein

March 2nd, 2007 (02:13 pm)
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...okay, not so much red alert, but a company of Swiss soldiers on a training exercise did get lost and wind up crossing about a mile over the border into Liechtenstein before realizing their mistake and heading home. Both nations played down the incident, and nobody in Liechtenstein witnessed the brief invasion. I bet the phone call next morning was interesting.

SWITZERLAND. "Hello, good morning. Listen, just so you know, we invaded you last night."
LIECHTENSTEIN. "I'm sorry, what?"
SWITZERLAND. "We invaded you. Look, we feel really bad, it was totally an accident. If it helps, it was only for about an hour. And our soldiers didn't even have any live ammunition."
LIECHTENSTEIN. "..."
SWITZERLAND. "Hello?"
LIECHTENSTEIN. "How many soldiers?"
SWITZERLAND. "Erm, a hundred and seventy."
LIECHTENSTEIN. "Crap."
SWITZERLAND. "You all right?"
LIECHTENSTEIN. "...you do know we don't have an army, right?"
SWITZERLAND. "Yes, good thing our officer in charge didn't have much sense of initiative."
LIECHTENSTEIN. "..."
SWITZERLAND. "I mean, we could have killed your whole government, plundered your riches, set fire to everything in sight, you know. Ha ha ha!"
LIECHTENSTEIN. "Ha. Ha. Ha."
SWITZERLAND. "We'd worry about you lot getting us back, but, as you say, you don't have an army, while we've got universal militia service and all have assault rifles in the closet at home, so..."
LIECHTENSTEIN. *hates Switzerland so much*

This sort of thing happens occasionally, and it's always entertaining. In 2002, a British Royal Marines training exercise went awry when the Marines got lost in a fog off Gibraltar and managed to storm the beach of a coastal resort town. In Spain. Local fisherman were very surprised, to say the least, but managed to put off the invading force by giving them directions.

Quoth The Guardian, "The marines beat a hasty retreat and went off to find the real Gibraltar. This, locals observed, was easily recognisable because it had a 1,398ft high rock sticking out of it."

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Posted by: Vvalkyri (vvalkyri)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)

:adore:

Posted by: __marcelo (__marcelo)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)

*smiles a lot* If only all international incidents were like this, the world would be so awesome.

Posted by: Lucy (cereta)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
gusandjack

Local fisherman were very surprised, to say the least, but managed to put off the invading force by giving them directions.

That just totally made my day.

Posted by: Sailing Wench, Fetch Me a Beer! (thirdbase)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
pointed here by VVal as i posted about the same events...

I was working for the U.S. chartmaker at the time of the British Invasion - it's not a map they read wrong, it was a chart. Oh, we had a ball with that one.

Posted by: Vvalkyri (vvalkyri)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: pointed here by VVal as i posted about the same events...

explain diff btw map & chart? Now I'm curious...

Posted by: simonator (simonator)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
Re: pointed here by VVal as i posted about the same events...

Well the general rule is that maps are for land and charts are for the sea...but aircraft use charts too.

Posted by: Sailing Wench, Fetch Me a Beer! (thirdbase)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: pointed here by VVal as i posted about the same events...

hmmm... now you have me thinking.

I had been planning to answer that charts show you where you are on the watr, with land for a point of reference, and maps show you where you are on land with water as a point of reference...

I am going to have to swing by the 3rd floor and take a look at an aeronautical chart....

Posted by: Wolf Dancer (wolfdancer)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
I laught so hard

My parrot thumped me on the head. and almost fell off.

Posted by: Sonja (zing_och)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)

Heh.

There's just something about the Swiss Army. I don't know if it's still the case, but they had a bicycle unit. And every man who served in the army gets to take his firearm home afterwards, so when the enemy comes - France? Germany? apparently not Lichtenstein - he can shoot all of them immediately.

Posted by: Firmly Under Cat's Paw (phoenix_starr)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
Sorceress - Giggle

LOLOLOL!

Posted by: Dessie Octavia (dessieoctavia)
Posted at: June 19th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)

Apparently they've decided to arm themselves.

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