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.
This wasn't the first time Switzerland has violated Liechtensteinian sovereignty, according to the BBC. Rockets fired by the Swiss Army went astray in 1985 setting the protected Bannwald forest ablaze and the two countries became embroiled in a lengthy dispute. Switzerland had to pay compensation to Liechtenstien for the damage done and the cost of fire suppression.
For want of a Swiss Army Knife w/compass, a large portion of the Swiss Army was lost. There is still a place for 'old school' low tech.
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