Thursday, November 18, 2010
A secret unit under the direct control of the Swiss Army’s chief of staff during the Cold War that was trained in stay-behind tactics by NATO as part of a contingency plan for a Soviet occupation of Switzerland. Disclosure of P-26’s existence, without the knowledge of the Swiss Conseil d’Etat, resulted in a parliamentary investigation in 1991 conducted by Judge Cornu. Led by Efram Cattelan, P-26 had prepared secret headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand, and Montreal, Canada, under Swissair cover, and installed Major Bachmann at Liss Ard House in Skibereen, on the south coast of Ireland, as an alternate communications center to coordinate P-26’s operations. Following its disclosure, P-26 was dismantled.