Friday, May 07, 2010

Annals of Street Warfare--Dinner Plates

John reads the news about Times Square being shut down because of an abandoned drinks cooler:
I’m reminded of the Hungarian Uprising where the Hungarians were fighting Russian main battle tanks with rocks and Molotov cocktails. One trick that worked for a while was to put a soup plate in the middle of the street face down. The Russians would take it for a German ‘teller’ mine and get out to check – at which point, the Hungarians shot them or flamed the tank. In a couple of cases, they captured the tanks. Their next trick was to put a Hungarian flag on the back of a tank; another Russian would come along and shoot at it thinking it was captured.
Copy that. I guess I'm drifting off topic but I'm remembering how European revolutionaries used to confound the mounted cavalry brigades by throwing fistfuls of ball bearings onto the cobblestones.

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