Pen and Sword Books: Midget Ninja and Tactical Laxatives by Philip Sidnell

Midget Ninja and Tactical Laxatives
Midget Ninja and Tactical Laxatives (4 reviews)
Bizarre warfare through the ages
by Philip Sidnell
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: Regimental History Books
World War Two Books,
World War One Books,
British History Books,
Medieval History Books,
Ancient History Books,
World War One Aviation,
World War Two Aviation,
Military History Books
176 pages
ISBN: 9781848843318
Published: 19 November 2012
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Which army used camels disguised as war elephants? Which illustrious warlord was killed by a midget ninja hidden in his latrine? How was a Japanese vessel sunk by live cows dropped by the Soviet air force? And just what kind of weapon was the Bohemian Ear Spoon? These are just a few of the important questions of military history answered in this book.

Midget Ninja and Tactical Laxatives is a light-hearted look at some of the most bizarre incidents, weirdest weapons and strangest stratagems to be found in the annals of warfare. Drawn from all periods of history there is something here for every reader with an interest in military history and/or a sense of humour.

Some of the sections included:
War Elephants and How to Stop Them (including the infamous blazing pigs)
Ignominious Deaths (eg the midget ninja in the latrine)
A Misplaced Sense of Honour (eg the sniper who let George Washington live)
Suicide Missions (eg mass suicide as a diversion tactic and a case of self-decapitation)
Weird and Wonderful Weapons: (such as the WW2 bat bomb -with real bats)
Stranger things happen at Sea (eg million-ton ice ships and death by blocked toilet)
God is on our side (of omens, oracles and the ancient battle stopped by a UFO)
An Army Marches on its Stomach (eg the tactical use of laxatives and the Greek army immobilized for 3 days by hallucinogenic honey)
Product Reviews
… the tone is about right, with the right mix of amused surprise and clear explanation. There are also a set of useful footnotes that provide the original sources for most of the stories.
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History of War
The author writes in an engaging, amusing, even ‘matey’ style, which suits the content, as if it were stories being exchanged in your local pub or down the wargames club. The chapters are divided into... [read full review]
Miniature Wargames
An irreverent look at some unusual stories and extremely odd tactics which have been employed in war from ancient times to the modern era. They range from the brilliant, albeit unusual, to the tragically misguided... [read full review]
Pegasus Archive, Mark Hickman
America planned to explore a nuclear bomb on the moon to scare Cold War rival Russia, according to newly released secret papers. Bus as a new book reveals, history is littered with madcap military moments.... [read full review]
The Sun, 29th November 2012
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About Philip Sidnell
Philip Sidnell has a First Class degree in War Studies and History from King's College London and was for some years the Editor of The Military and Aviation Book Society, Ancient and Medieval History Book Club and the History Guild.

He is now a commissioning editor for Pen & Sword Books, one of the UK's leading specialist publishers of military history. He edited Tribute: the Combat Experiences of the Military and Aviation Book Club, and wrote Warhorse: Cavalry in Ancient Warfare.

A keen wargamer, he has a deep interest in all periods of military history but a special fondness for the ancient world. He lives and works in Kent.