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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2018 8:52 p.m. PST

….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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darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2018 9:01 p.m. PST

Yeah I loved that idea. Oh to be on the team that gets to dream up ridiculous psyops campaigns for a living!

Zephyr126 Sep 2018 9:13 p.m. PST

I would have used raccoons…

d88mm1940 Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2018 9:27 p.m. PST

Yes, raccoons! With their masks, the Japanese would never have recognized them!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2018 8:10 a.m. PST

Well, high marks for innovation!

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Sep 2018 9:59 a.m. PST

Team them up with the bat-bombs.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2018 12:32 p.m. PST



Zephyr127 Sep 2018 9:11 p.m. PST

"Yes, raccoons! With their masks, the Japanese would never have recognized them!'

Or mistook them for their Axis ally's Nazi Raccoons… ;-)

(Yes, they really were a thing…)

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Sep 2018 4:13 a.m. PST

I was just reading that during the Blitz there was a proposal to put cats in the cockpits of British night fighters (this was before they had airborne radar). The theory was that the cats, having better night vision, would be able to see German bombers and look at them. The pilot would then shoot in the direction the cat was looking.

Legion 429 Sep 2018 7:29 a.m. PST

Raccoons can be very destructive ! Like in my hometown ! link

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 11:53 a.m. PST



hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 2:08 p.m. PST

Guys, you realize that this article refers to the real world, and not some game, right?

I find it strange that you all think it's funny. I always defended my hobby by telling my non-gamer friends and relatives that gamers could tell the difference between game and real life. So destructive behavior in a game doesn't mean the gamer is predisposed to do likewise in real life. Comments like the above make me wonder…

Cacique Caribe29 Sep 2018 6:52 p.m. PST

Raccoons, foxes, etc. No matter. In wartime Japan they might have all ended up in the same pot.

PS. That said, I would have probably researched and used some of their own mythological creatures and come up with decent stand-ins for them, using their own traditional fears against them. Or illusions of them. For example, I might have started with shaved howler monkeys for a couple of their smaller creatures/cryptids. Perhaps painted in green/yellow stripes or in skeleton patterns:

Legion 402 Oct 2018 7:46 p.m. PST

hind … I don't think many of the comments were meant to be taken seriously.

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