Saturday, March 03, 2007

We've spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it's not a problem... the invasion, that is...

The accidental Alpine anschluss of 2007.

1 comment:

Nonjatta said...

It seems the Swiss are not the first to accidently invade a neighbour while on a training exercise. As usual, the Brits have done the buffoonery first and with so much more panache. The bottom par links to a classic 2002 story of a mistaken invasion of Spain by a group of heavily armed Royal marines:

"The platoon of some 30 marines stormed from a landing craft on to the San Felipe beach in the Spanish town of La Linea, carrying 60mm mortars and SA80 assault rifles, and took up defensive positions on the sand."


"They were told that they must have made a mistake. This sort of thing does not happen very often here," a police spokesman in La Linea said yesterday.

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.