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    Posted: 10 Dec 2012 at 09:40

Through history one can see interesting examples of tricks or stratagems used in battles and warfare. One such example is when the nubian king Piankhy besieged the Egyptian town of Thebe in the 8th century BC. During the siege the Nile rose unusually high during its yearly inundation and the Nubians took advantage of the situation by sailing close to the walls and use the masts of their ships to climb the walls and take the city.

Another unusal episode is supposed to have taken place in the 11th century (AD) in Sicily when the Norwegian king Harald Hardrada besieged a town. In doing so he noticed some birds that flew in and out from the city. He managed to catch some of the birds, fastened burning pieces of fir on them and released them. The terrified birds flew back to the supposed safety of their nests in buildings and roofs in the town with the result that they set the town on fire. One can read about this alleged event in Haralds saga.

Some who have some other interesting or unusual stories about different tricks in battles and warfare?



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Gengis Kahn ordered a he was seiging town to send him something like 60 000 cats (and bunch of other animals) and he did the same thing.
 
Cyrus crept through the walls of Babylon after lowering the water level in the Euphartes (pardon by spelling).
 
We all know about the Trojan Horse
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Omar al Hashim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2013 at 00:23
What about the exploits of Archimedes in the siege of Syracuse?

Steam powered cannons, cranes to cap size Roman ships, solar concentrators to set them on fires. Archimedes was a champion.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Voltage Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Apr 2013 at 19:24
What No one has written, on a very interesting topic, I now feel it my civic duty to write more?

Ever heard of Earl Peterborough, and how he made a city with a strong walls surrender with one hundred and 20 dragoons.

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Two immediately spring to mind.
 
During WWII, the English obtained a body, dressed it in proper English clothing and placed genuine documents in its pockets.
 
A brief case was chained to the wrist, which contained documents which indicated that England was about to embark on a certain course of action.
 
The body was dropped in the English Channel where it would be sure to be found by German Patrol Boats, which it was.
 
The Germans responded to the contents of the brief case by making fresh troop deployments. But it was all a hoax on the part of the British.
 
The second one was the use by US forces during WWII of Apache Indians as radio operators, speaking their tribal language. This eliminated the need for encoding and decoding, as the Germans had no idea what language was being spoken.
Once you eliminate the impossible,
whatever remains,
no matter how improbable, must be the truth.
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