Simple Sabotage – OSS Field Manual #3 Part 2

Simple Sabotage – OSS Field Manual #3 Part 2

Today we present the second installment of our serial publication of OSS Field Manual #3 covering “Simple Sabotage.”  This sabotage manual was issued by the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Office of Strategic services or OSS on 17 January 1944 and presents OSS doctrine for encouraging acts of Simple Sabotage by soldiers and civilians within the Axis controlled territories.  Today we pick up where the Introduction left off and discuss the Possible Effects of Simple Sabotage.

As we noted yesterday, acting on any of the techniques presented here would not be good for your job security if employed today.  This information is presented for historical and entertainment purposes only.


a. Acts of simple sabotage are occurring throughout Europe. An effort should be made to add to their efficiency, lessen their detectability, and increase their number. Acts of simple sabotage, multiplied by thousands of citizen-saboteurs, can be an effective weapon against the enemy. Slashing tires, draining fuel tanks, starting fires, starting arguments, acting stupidly, short-circuiting electric systems, abrading machine parts will waste materials, manpower, and time. Occurring on a wide scale, simple sabotage will be a constant and tangible drag on the war effort of the enemy.

b. Simple sabotage may also have secondary results of more or less value. Widespread practice of simple sabotage will harass and demoralize enemy administrators and police. Further, success may embolden the citizen-saboteur eventually to find colleagues who can assist him in sabotage of greater dimensions. Finally, the very practice of simple sabotage by natives in enemy or occupied territory may make these individuals identify themselves actively with the United Nations war effort, and encourage them to assist openly in periods of Allied invasion and occupation.

Check back tomorrow as Prepography presents Simple Sabotage Part 3, Motivating the Saboteur; the third of five articles that will encompass the whole of the Office of Strategic Services Manual Number 3 Simple Sabotage.

Make sure to read all the articles in this series:  Introduction to Simple SabotagePossible Effects of Simple SabotageMotivating the Sabateur; Tools, Targets & Timing; and Specific Suggestions for Simple Sabotage

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