Simple Sabotage Field Manual

Updated: June 6, 2022 Reading Time: 2 minutes rating: 5


I don’t remember how I got to this book but I found it informative and fun. You may not need ever to sabotage something or protest, but it doesn’t do any harm in learning even just a bit about what the CIA used to recommend.

Notes & Highlights

  • Where destruction is involved, the weapons of the citizen-saboteur are salt, nails, candles, pebbles, thread, or any other materials he might normally be expected to possess as a householder

  • His arsenal is the kitchen shelf, the trash pile, his own usual kit of tools and supplies. The targets of his sabotage are usually objects to which he has normal and inconspicuous access in everyday life

  • Sinshing tires, draining fuel tanks, starting fires, starting arguments, acting stupidly, short-circuiting electric systems. abrading machine parts will waste materials, man-power and time. Occurring on a wide scale, simple sabotage will be a constant and tangible drag on the war effort of the enemy.

  • Abstract verbalizations about personal liberty, freedom of the press, and so on, will not be convincing in most parts of the world. In many areas they will not even be comprehensible.

  • Purposeful stupidity is contrary to human nature.

  • A knife or a nail file can be carried normally on your person; either is a multi-purpose instrument for creating damage

  • Resist any temptation to wait around and see what happens. Loiterers arouse suspicion.

  • Any communications facilities which can be used by the authorities to transmit instructions or morale material should be the objects of simple sabotage.

  • The destruction of records and other types documents would be a serious handicap to the enemy.

  • Ruin warehouse stock by setting the automatic sprinkler system to work.

  • Forget to provide paper in toilets; put tightly rolled paper, hair, and other obstructions in the W. C. Saturate a sponge with a thick starch or sugar solution. Squeeze it tightly into a ball, wrap it with string, and dry. Remove the string when fully dried. The sponge will be in the form or a tight hard ball. Flush down a W. C. or otherwise introduce into a sewer line. The sponge will gradually expand to its normal size and plug the sewage system.

  • Put several pinches of sawdust or hard grain, such as rice or wheat, into the fuel tank of a gasoline engine.

  • If you can accumulate sugar, put it in the fuel tank of a gasoline engine. As it burns together with the gasoline, it will turn into a sticky mess which will completely mire the engine and necessitate extensive cleaning and repair.