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The Simple Sabotage Field Manual


Office of Strategic Services
Washington, D. C.
17 January 1944
This Simple Sabotage Field Manual Strategic Services
(Provisional) is published for the information and guidance of all
concerned and will be used as the basic doctrine for Strategic
Services training for this subject.
The contents of this Manual should be carefully controlled and
should not be allowed to come into unauthorized hands.
The instructions may be placed in separate pamphlets or leaflets
according to categories of operations but should be distributed with
care and not broadly. They should be used as a basis of radio
broadcasts only for local and special cases and as directed by the
theater commander.
AR 380-5, pertaining to handling of secret documents, will be
complied with in the handling of this Manual.
William J. Donovan
CONTENTS 1. INTRODUCTION 2. POSSIBLE EFFECTS 3.
MOTIVATING THE SABOTEUR 4. TOOLS, TARGETS, AND TIMING 5.
SPECIFIC SUGGESTIONS FOR SIMPLE SABOTAGE
1. INTRODUCTION
The purpose of this paper is to characterize simple sabotage, to
outline its possible effects, and to present suggestions for inciting
and executing it.
Sabotage varies from highly technical coup de main acts that
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