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How neutral Switzerland “attacked” Liechtenstein. Three times…

Liechtenstein it lies very – and seems dangerously – close Switzerland. Where in many countries there is barbed wire, night vision devices and guards’ barrels, the border between these two Alpine nations is only a footbridge, which may explain why the Swiss army so easily “invaded” this tiny principality inhabited by less than 40,000. people.

The first incident occurred in 1985. During military exercises using surface-to-air missiles, the Swiss army fired rockets straight at Liechtenstein, causing a huge forest fire and diplomatic tension.

Initially, the Swiss argued that the blame for the rocket’s unfortunate trajectory was due to the strong winds that were blowing in the region that day. Ultimately, however, the Helvetic government paid several million francs for damage done to the forests of the principality.

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Seven years later, in 1992, Switzerland again “attacked” its neighbor. During the maneuvers, young recruits were ordered to establish an observation post in Triesenberg. Of course, they made it meticulously – like a Swiss watch. Then the local residents began to ask what the Swiss military unit was doing in their town. The detachment – and its commanders – then realized that Triesenberg was in Liechtenstein. Oops …

Another Swiss “aggression” took place on a rainy night in 2007.when 170 soldiers armed with rifles (but apparently not GPS) stormed into Liechtenstein. They marched for over a kilometer until someone with better orientation in the field shouted, “Hey, this is not Switzerland”! At this point, the soldiers turned back and went back to the right side of the border.

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In fact, it is difficult to get angry with these soldiers during night exercises, because Switzerland and Liechtenstein are difficult to distinguish even in broad daylight. The rural areas in both countries look the same, people on both sides speak the same Swiss dialect of German and use the Swiss franc as currency. According to media reports, the incident had no political repercussions.

“It’s not like we were stormed here from combat helicopters or something,” remarked Markus Amman, Liechtenstein’s internal affairs spokesman, calmly at the time.

“These things happen,” he added philosophically, no doubt referring to the two previous episodes when the mighty Swiss army “invaded”.

Source: The Local, Wikipedia

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