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History’s Most Interesting War Tactics Explained

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Don’t forget your galoshes.

military flood

Source: Twitter @Frenkie58

Freefight: “Flooding your own land, so that enemies can’t push forward. The Netherlands has done it for hundreds of years, until WW2.”

The most unpleasant surprise.

military gurkha

Source: Twitter @ItemPlusher

mrcchapman: “This is a tactic the Gurkhas used in Afghanistan (in the recent conflict there). If they were to attack a Taliban outpost, they’d sneak ahead and kill the outer perimeter guards. Then they’d cut off the guards’ heads, and reattach them with sticks.

When the guard change happened, the new guards would tap their friends on the shoulder and crap themselves as their friends’ heads would fall off. Generally they didn’t put up a fight after that – meaning the Gurkhas avoided having to do an assault that could cost lives.

Gurkhas are crazy. Awesome, but crazy.”

Ian Fleming’s real-life stories are fascinating.

military mincemeat

Source: Twitter @LondonTaxi

Adddicus: “In April 1943, a month before the Allied victory in North Africa, German agents recovered the body of a British Royal Marine pilot from the waters off a Spanish beach. Documents in an attaché case handcuffed to the officer’s wrist provided a goldmine of intelligence about the Allies’ secret plans, and German agents quickly sent the documents up the chain of command where they soon reached German leader Adolf Hitler (1889-1945). Hitler studied the captured plans carefully, and, taking full advantage of their top-secret details, directed his troops and ships to reinforce the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, west of Italy, against an impending Allied invasion. There was only one problem: The recovered body–which was not a Royal Marine but actually a homeless man from Wales who had committed suicide–and its documents, were an elaborate British diversion called Operation Mincemeat. By the time Hitler redirected his troops in the summer of 1943, a massive Allied invasion force was sailing to Sicily.”

RandomBritishGuy: “It’s worth noting that one of the guys behind this was Ian Fleming, who went on to write James Bond.”