antidotes-to-the-simple-sabotage-field-manual

Antidotes to the Simple Sabotage Field Manual.

Back in 1944, the OSS (later to become the CIA) wrote a field manual for subversive citizens who wanted to to sabotage the war efforts of the enemy by simple means. This included methods for slowing production, demotivating soldiers, prolonging decision making and a variety of simple, small things to make life hard.

The declassified document can be found here and is a fascinating read: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/26184/page-images/26184-images.pdf

We like to think that there can be an antidote to simple sabotage, a way to covertly make life better, more productive and enjoyable for people.

Some great examples from the Simple Sabotage manual are below:

(1.) Make train travel as inconvenient as possible for enemy personnel.
Make mistakes in issuing train tickets, leaving portions of the journey
uncovered by the ticket book; issue two tickets for the same seat in the
train, so that an interesting argument will result; near train time,
instead of issuing printed tickets write them out slowly by hand,
prolonging the process until the train is nearly ready to leave or has
left the station. On station bulletin boards announcing train arrivals
and departures, see that false and misleading information is given about
trains bound for enemy destinations.

(1) Change sign posts at intersections and forks; the enemy will go the
wrong way and it may be miles before he discovers his mistakes.

(1) Bus-driver can go past the stop where the enemy wants to get off.
Taxi drivers can waste the enemy's time and make extra money by driving
the longest possible route to his destination.

(2) Turn on the lights in parked cars so that the battery will run down.

(2) Hamper official and especially military business by making at least
one telephone call a day to an enemy headquarters; when you get them,
tell them you have the wrong number.

(3) Anyone can break up a showing of an enemy propaganda film by putting
two or three dozen large moths in a paper bag. Take the bag to the
movies with you, put it on the floor in an empty section of the theater
as you go in and leave it open. The moths will fly out and climb into
the projector beam, so that the film will be obscured by fluttering
shadows.

(1) Station engineers will find it quite easy to overmodulate
transmissions of talks by persons giving enemy propaganda or
instructions, so that they will sound as if they were talking through a
heavy cotton blanket with a mouth full of marbles.

(3) Damaging insulation on any electrical equipment tends to create
radio interference in the immediate neighborhood, particularly on large
generators, neon signs, fluorescent lighting, X-ray machines, and power
lines. If workmen can damage insulation on a high tension line near an
enemy airfield, they will make ground-to-plane radio communications
difficult and perhaps impossible during long periods of the day.

(3) When possible, refer all matters to committees, for "further study
and consideration." Attempt to make the committees as large as possible
— never less than five.

(2) "Misunderstand" orders. Ask endless questions or engage in long
correspondence about such orders. Quibble over them when you can.

(10) To lower morale and with it, production, be pleasant to inefficient
workers; give them undeserved promotions. Discriminate against efficient
workers; complain unjustly about their work.

(11) Hold conferences when there is more critical work to be done.

(1) Work slowly. Think out ways to increase the number of movements
necessary on your job: use a light hammer instead of a heavy one, try to
make a small wrench do when a big one is necessary, use little force
where considerable force is needed, and so on.

(i) Cry and sob hysterically at every occasion, especially when
confronted by government clerks.

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