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History’s Most Interesting War Tactics Explained

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So Much More Than the Trojan Horse.

Mankind has evolved into the societies and nations we know today because of warfare.

From the dawn of our species, tribal and later national and even world wars were common and defining moments of history that spread our populations across the planet and constantly shifted powers between regimes, dynasties, and upstarts.

Aside from sheer manpower and weaponry, winning a battle comes down to strategic skill. Outsmarting an opponent is the best opportunity an army has if they can’t overpower their enemy, and this has been put to the test countless times throughout history.

Reddit users were asked to name some of the most impressive and unique war tactics, and these are what they came up with.

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Which of these is the most surprising?

So Much More Than the Trojan Horse.

Mankind has evolved into the societies and nations we know today because of warfare.

From the dawn of our species, tribal and later national and even world wars were common and defining moments of history that spread our populations across the planet and constantly shifted powers between regimes, dynasties, and upstarts.

Aside from sheer manpower and weaponry, winning a battle comes down to strategic skill. Outsmarting an opponent is the best opportunity an army has if they can’t overpower their enemy, and this has been put to the test countless times throughout history.

Reddit users were asked to name some of the most impressive and unique war tactics, and these are what they came up with.

Psychological warfare at its best.

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Timparty: “The UK dropped matchbooks into enemy lines which contained instructions on how a soldier could fake illnesses to get sent home.

Once the Nazi leaders caught wind of this, they stopped sending their troops home who claimed to have said illnesses. Not only did this get healthy enemy troops sent home, it eventually ended with genuinely ill troops being sent back into combat spreading real disease amongst their ranks.”

Do you smell bacon?

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mrcchapman: “Flaming pigs were also used in sieges. You’d dig a tunnel under the castle, then herd a load of pigs set on fire into the tunnel. They’d set fire to the supports and cause the tunnel to collapse, bringing down the castle with it.

King John of England (he of the Magna Carta and Robin Hood fame) used this at the siege of Rochester Castle.”

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