War II, US intelligence agencies have devised innovative ways to defeat their
adversaries. In 1944, CIA’s precursor, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS),
created the Simple Sabotage Field Manual.
classified booklet described ways to sabotage the US’ World War II enemies. The
OSS Director William J. Donovan recommended that the sabotage guidance be
declassified and distributed to citizens of enemy states via pamphlets and
Surprisingly Relevant Sabotage Instructions
of the sabotage instructions guide ordinary citizens, who may not have agree
with their country’s wartime policies towards the US, to destabilize their
governments by taking disruptive actions. Some of the instructions seem
outdated; others remain surprisingly relevant. Together they are a reminder of
how easily productivity and order can be undermined.
Here’s a list of five particularly timeless tips from the
Simple Sabotage Field Manual
Supervisors: To lower morale and production, be
pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions. Discriminate
against efficient workers; complain unjustly about their work.
Employees: Work slowly. Think of ways to increase the number of
movements needed to do your job: use a light hammer instead of a heavy one; try
to make a small wrench do instead of a big one.
and Conferences: When possible, refer all matters
to committees, for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the
committees as large and bureaucratic as possible. Hold conferences when there
is more critical work to be done.
Telephone: At office, hotel and local telephone switchboards, delay
putting calls through, give out wrong numbers, cut people off “accidentally,”
or forget to disconnect them so that the line cannot be used again.
Transportation: Make train travel as inconvenient as possible for enemy
personnel. Issue two tickets for the same seat on a train in order to set up an
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Sabotage Field Manual, 1944 [20 Pages, 2.9MB]