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Simple Sabotage Field Manual [Kindle Edition]

United States Office of Strategic Services
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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  • File Size: 103 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00467LRMI
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZWTX0
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99 of 100 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, if dated December 1, 2010
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I downloaded this for my Kindle for two reason: it had an intriguing title, and the price was right (free). Unfortunately, nobody had reviewed it yet, so I wasn't sure was I was in for, but hey, free, right?

So you cheapwads out there like myself... it's short and fun, if you're in the mood. It appears to be a WWII-vintage text, pre-D-Day, very likely written for a UK-educated citizens (the use of the word "charwoman" was my clue). It's a kind of generalized "how-to" manual for sabotage of enemy infrastructure, general enough to be applicable almost anywhere/when, but with enough specifics to be useful (for example, sugar will wreck an internal combustion engine, but honey and molasses work too).

Particularly intriguing to me weren't the technical suggestions (those were good too), but the social ones. Throughout the work, the would-be saboteur is encouraged to slack invisibly wherever possible, to make use of things like deliberate poor maintenance and insisting on micromanagement. Especially funny was the part advising workers to form and/or join as many committees as possible, as they present great opportunities to use bureaucracy against itself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun reading January 26, 2012
By Lcm
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I picked up the kindle version of the book because, like other readers, it was free and the title was interesting. I had to laugh because there are some suggestions for lowering morale within an office that I am sure we all see every day. In particular, the OSS suggests to make things inefficient, always refer everything to a committee of at least 3 people (the more the merrier). Also... the OSS says in order to lower morale, be sure to promote and reward inefficient works, and to give only long drawn out answers when addressing questions. Too funny!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I read a paper version of this many years ago. I couldn't resist picking it up for my Kindle.

For all you younger people who are worried about future job prospects and such, I'd avoid getting this book as it might cause the FBI to think that you're an incipient terrorist. For the rest of you, this is a guide to relatively safe things that a subject populace can do sabotage an occupying force. It was published during WWII by the US Office of Strategic Services (the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book from interesting times January 15, 2013
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This was an entertaining and educational read, a snap shot into another era, an era that I hope and pray doesn't repeat itself. Even though this book is dated, as it was written during WWII, it contains a lot of stuff that would still work today. It's still incredible that the government put this out, crazy times indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1940 s field manual September 1, 2013
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Interesting. I think that some managers of today have studied from just such a manual.
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. A quick and easy read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple OSS Sabotage Techniques From World War 2 September 20, 2013
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The instructions presented in this book, a historical reference from the Second World War,demonstrate techniques of "simple sabotage" that were presented to civilians in occupied territories to disrupt enemy operations in various means that presented the least danger to the civilian saboteur.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, if you're into this sort of thing... January 20, 2013
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I found this interesting, not only does it go over methods, but also how to convince people to take such actions. I do feel like a rebel now though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well done December 30, 2012
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More information on how to handle unwanted forces, or how to discourage an enemy from continuing a campaign. Freedom is priceless.

Jesse.m.rosen@gmail.com
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Interesting for several reasons :insight into practicalities of sabotage, exposure to military intelligence thinking concerning passive and active resistance to the Nazis, and also... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ... the techniques especially for passive resistance make this a good...
Some information has been superceded and the manual is obviously oriented towards WW2 Europe but the techniques especially for passive resistance make this a good resource.
Published 25 days ago by ian schuelke
3.0 out of 5 stars Historically Interesting
Historically interesting. I bought this book because a.) I used to be combat engineer, and b.) a distant relative was an OSS Jedburgh officer during WWII. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark on Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
every patriot needs this book
Published 1 month ago by jason dixon
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Real outdated. Don't bother reading.
Published 1 month ago by technostupid
4.0 out of 5 stars Still useful, if outdated
As stated in the title, the information in this book was intended for those in an occupied country in a time where telegraph was still commonly used. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kyle D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sabatoge is ugly
Very informative can give clues to why certain things happen. But in the wrong hands can be used against an enemy with devastating results.
Published 1 month ago by Shaun Schroer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As expected
Published 2 months ago by Scott S. Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Very generalized descriptions of effective measures for sabotage. Will...
Very generalized descriptions of effective measures for sabotage. Will come in handy when we are over run by tyrants or other forces.
Published 2 months ago by scrappy doo
2.0 out of 5 stars There is no strategically value to this book
This book is childish, and provides no input whatsoever. What w waste of time. Do not waste 40 minutes of your life on it
Published 2 months ago by Morgan Alcarez
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