Gladio (Sweden)

Country: Sweden
Details of Formation: The group was set up in 1951.
Details of Termination: The group seems to have ceased to exist with the end of the Cold War.
Purpose: The group was as part of a stay-behind network that was intended as a fighting force prepared to counter a possible Warsaw Pact invasion. It was meant to conduct guerilla warfare and sabotage activities.
Organisation: The PGM was coordinated by NATO and run by the military secret services in close cooperation with the CIA and British Secret Intelligence Service.
Weapons and Training: The group trained with the US Green Berets and the British Special Air Services (SAS) and was equipped from underground arms caches.
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Other Information: The network of Gladio groups in Europe may have some semi-official status within the intelligence community. But this status is not recognized, as the groups are kept hidden even from some domestic governments and prime ministers. The groups were ultimately answerable to NATO-CIA rather than to domestic governments in event of an attack by the Warsaw Pact. In 1991 Swedish media reveals that a secret stay-behind army existed in neutral Finland with an exile base in Stockholm.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.

Wikipedia. “Operation Gladio.”