4. The U.K. played on the desires of enemy soldiers.
During WWII, the Brits dropped matchbooks over enemy campsites explaining how to fake a contagious illness that’d put them on the first train home. The little books were good for more than lighting a few cigarettes! Germans got wind of the trick and sent actual sick soldiers back into combat. Refusing to accept further complaints, officials infected their very own army.
5. The infamous Genghis Khan used a smoke screen.
How so? The genius military leader lit extra fires around his crew’s campsites, hoping spies would notice and report rather exaggerated numbers to commanding officers. Concerning famous military tactics: mission accomplished.
6. Cyrus the Great took notes from Mother Nature.
Understanding Lydian horses were terribly frightened at the sight of a camel, the man outfitted his entire army with the ‘scary’ animals. His opponents couldn’t have run away any faster.
7. King Goujian manipulated his opponent’s emotions.
King Goujian, ruling a future part of China, proved to enemy soldiers the value of a life meant nothing to him. He forced the men in his front line to kill themselves at the start of every battle … A rather brutal mind game (and one of many ingeniously famous military tactics).
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