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1. email@example.com 2. "Horky, Roger Karl" <firstname.lastname@example.org> -----Message from: email@example.com----- I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the episode of the "lost satchel" which occurred in the Sinai, just before the Battle of Beersheba in 1917. Captain Arthur Neate(RA), attached to the Australian HQ thought of the ruse of faking plans to attack in the north, again along the coast and prepared maps and documents to support this. Then, while out on patrol and attacked by an opposing Turkish one, he dropped the satchel and faked being wounded and galloped off. The Turks took the satchel and its contents were passed upward where they influenced the deployment of the Turkish forces, leaving Beersheba vulnerable, which the Australian Light Horse attacked and captured. Then there was Operation MINCEMEAT, in WWII. A body was dropped into the ocean off Spain, dressed as a RM Major, carrying documents about the supposed whereabouts of the next invasion in the Mediterranean. The ruse was that the Major was supposedly lost overboard from a convoy. The result was that the Axis were misled as to where the invasion was to go, instead of Sicily. cheers Brian Ross firstname.lastname@example.org -----Message from: "Horky, Roger Karl" <email@example.com>----- During the American Civil War, the Confederate army used logs to look like guns in their forts that were underarmed. It has been suggested that the chief of the Union Balloon Corps, Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, coined the term "Quaker gun" for these bogus weapons. Other armies before and since have also used similar ruses. Roger Horky PhD Student and Teaching Assistant History Department Texas A&M University College Station TX "Horky, Roger Karl" <firstname.lastname@example.org> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----