Category: war

If you play dead in order to kill or capture an enemy in a war…

If you play dead in order to kill or capture an enemy in a war scenario, you are committing a war crime according to the Geneva Convention.

When going to battle Rajputs would fashion false trunks for…

When going to battle Rajputs would fashion false trunks for their horses, making them appear to be baby elephants which the enemy’s elephants instinctively would not attack.

On 8 September 2009, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer disobeyed a direct…

On 8 September 2009, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer disobeyed a direct order from a superior to pull back from his position so he could rescue wounded soldiers from a firefight a mile away. He ended up going back five times, saved the lives of 36 soldiers, and won the Medal of Honor.

During WW2, JFK was stranded in the Solomon islands, and ended…

During WW2, JFK was stranded in the Solomon islands, and ended up carving a message into a coconut, that a native delivered to the nearest US base and saved his life.

The US considered dyeing Mt. Fuji black in WWII as psychological…

The US considered dyeing Mt. Fuji black in WWII as psychological warfare against the Japanese.

A goat called Sergeant Bill, who became a Canadian war hero…

A goat called Sergeant Bill, who became a Canadian war hero during WWI when he head-butted three soldiers into a trench to avoid an exploding shell.

(Photo: Broadview Museum)

When the D-Day forces landed, Hitler was asleep. None of his…

When the D-Day forces landed, Hitler was asleep. None of his generals dared to send re-enforcements without his permission, and no-one dared to wake him.

Photo via listotop

Jackie the baboon, a member of the South African Infantry…

Jackie the baboon, a member of the South African Infantry Brigade during World War I. With acute hearing he was able to give early warnings of enemy movement or impending attacks, would regularly march with his company and always saluted an officer. (Source)

Vasili Arkhipov, a senior officer on a Soviet submarine, refused…

Vasili Arkhipov, a senior officer on a Soviet submarine, refused his captain’s orders to launch a nuclear torpedo at US war ships in October 1962, perhaps preventing WWIII.

In 2014, a British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents…

In 2014, a British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded.