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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2018 9:20 p.m. PST

…Japan in WWII.

"Can you believe the United States Government almost deployed glowing foxes to scare the Japanese people during World War II?

During the height of the War, the United States had no unified intelligence gathering agency. The branches of the military, along with the State, War, and even the Treasury departments all collected information independently of each other. That is, until June of 1942 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a presidential order creating The Office of Strategic Services (OSS). A precursor to today's CIA, the OSS was charged with collecting "strategic information" and conducting clandestine, psychological operations. In its three short years of service, it produced some of America's zaniest war strategies…"
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Tgunner09 Mar 2018 1:43 a.m. PST

It's not zany if it works! Just ask Hannibal…



Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2018 9:13 a.m. PST

Brilliant, Hannibal! I believe Samson, in the Old Testament of the Bible, tied a burning torch to some fox tails, and let them run through enemy crop fields, setting entire fields on fire, depriving his enemies of needed food.

From the book of Judges, Chapter 15:

4 So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, 5 lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.

Thinking outside of the box, these examples are fun to read. Since I play fantasy miniature and RPG games, they could prove more than just entertaining… Cheers!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2018 9:34 a.m. PST



Russ Lockwood09 Mar 2018 1:27 p.m. PST

I recall the Romans (?) used 'flaming pigs' as a ruse de guerre…and I believe immortalized in the WRG army list. :)

CalypsoCommando Inactive Member09 Mar 2018 2:02 p.m. PST

I was really hoping the answer was going to be "…glowing field mice."

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