Gladio (United Kingdom)

Country: United Kingdom
Details of Formation: Gladio was established after World War II by Western intelligence agencies.
Details of Termination: A source suggests that the group was terminated late 1990.
Purpose: The stay-behind paramilitary group was intended as a fighting force to counter a possible Warsaw Pact invasion. It was meant to conduct guerilla warfare and sabotage activities. The PGM in Britain also trained other groups in the European Gladio network.
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: There was a joint operation with Belgium in 1990. The network of groups may have some semi-official status within the intelligence community. But this status is not recognized but instead hidden even from some domestic governments and prime ministers. The groups were ultimately answerable to NATO-CIA rather than domestic governments in event of attack by Warsaw Pact.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.

Wikipedia. “Operation Gladio.”