This is a riot: Simple Sabotage Field Manual is a World War II guide for people behind enemy lines on how to make things more difficult for the Nazis. The OSS as you know was the pre-cursor to the CIA, so this is kinda like a dirty tricks field guide from the 1940s. And I’m sure it worked like a charm, and much of it still would.
“Widespread acts of simple sabotage will harass and demoralize enemy administrators…” but page 28 is where the fun really began for me:
- Insist on everything being done through channel…
- Make speeches… illustrate your points with long anecdotes
- Refer all matters to committees and make the committees as large as possible
- Bring up irrelevant issues as often as possible
- Haggle over precise wording
- Relitigate previous decisions
That might as well been minutes from every meeting at IBM I ever attended, and the bullet points go on for something like 4 more pages.
Now, I’m not saying that this will ever become useful, but I think printing it out for posterity sake is a pretty great idea. Be prepared!