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Simple Sabotage Field Manual [Kindle Edition]

United States Office of Strategic Services
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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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102 of 103 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun reading January 26, 2012
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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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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 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.
. 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.
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