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Simple Sabotage Field Manual by [United States Office of Strategic Services]
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  • File Size: 104 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZWTX0
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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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By Lcm on 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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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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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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The instructions for sabotaging a work place or organization without doing physical damage are classic. I have worked for people who apparently mistook this book for a how to succeed in business sort of manual. Ditto for coworkers. OSS employed some real characters in WW2 so it is possible that the humor intentionally lampoons certain types of bosses and employees.
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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. If you have an interest in the resistance operations of WWII, then this book will probably interest you. It is fairly brief. However, I should warn you that after I bought it, I ended up getting recommendations for all sorts of "doomsday prepper" books from Amazon (a subject in which I have ZERO interest.)
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This manual was written quite some time ago (January 1944) and published by the organization that later became the CIA. It is aimed at citizen-freedom fighters working to resist an occupying force and references some of the efforts in Europe during WWII against the German armies. In many SHTF and TEOTWAWKi scenarios, some may include an occupying force, whether "friendly or foe" could come to pass and would find this book of interest. Regardless, I enjoyed reading this for the look back at history also for ideas on how to peacefully resist tyranny.

In fact, reading the section on "Specific Suggestions for Simple Sabatage" included creating havoc for the occupiers such as setting fires to buildings using materials already found there-piles of oily rags, fuel storage tanks, etc.

It was the section on interfering in the workplace that got my attention. Some of the tactics include running all new ideas "through the channels," making long-winded speeches at every meeting, haggling over precise wording in meeting minutes, demanding written orders from supervisors and "misunderstanding" directions. Then it occurred to me that my fellow workers must be hardened preppers and survivalists who believe the end really is near.

Except for the references to dated technology and lack of helpful Sabatage hints for the latest technology- like computers and networks (it was written 70 years ago after all)- this is a great book to get your thinker started, just in case.
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This book served its purpose for researching a writing project but it's neither very current or currently very useful. It's primary use is for indigenous citizens to find ways to sabotage the war production and transportation machinery, a task which really hasn't been that applicable since the second world war. If you don't need the information for something else, don't buy it for practical use. And, if you're really buying it for practical use, you have other issues Amazon can't fix.
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