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  • pbs@iafrica.com
    From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org [Note. The Website of the place is: http://soekershof.com/ Exactly how correct this conjecture below is I can t say - but it seems
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      From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
      [Note. The Website of the place is: http://soekershof.com/
      Exactly how correct this conjecture below is I can't say - but it seems

      I am currently reading an extremely fascinating book about the use of
      Deception in warfare - and it includes info on the use of dummy things -
      dummy troops, tanks, etc. Covering the existence of real ones, and
      putting out dummy ones in other places. It goes back to WWII and even
      before. So it is all about how one deceives aerial and other means of

      One of the most incredible parts of the book was the Confederate use of
      deception in the US Civil War. The Confederates chopped down trees and
      laid them in their defences to look like cannons - mixed in with real
      ones. These were later dubbed "Quaker Guns".

      Some of the best deception examples were in fact acts carried out by
      Confederate officers against the Union. Some were extremely clever (not
      to mention hillarious). One cavalry man from the South (MaCGruder??? -
      can't remember his name), apparently twice got Union forces larger than
      his own to surrender to him because of careful deceptions he carried out
      making them believe he had far superior forces to them. On another
      occasion less than 8-15,000 Confederates, using "Quaker guns" and much
      theatrics and fake defences - held up a Union army of 120,000 men for
      about a month while they waited for reinforcements.

      Anyway... I'm thoroughly enjoying my book... and part of it is about
      Allied and German deception in covering things up - including showing
      photos of such deceptions. The Germans in one place built a false bridge
      over a river, and "covered up the water" (hard to explain), to hide the
      real bridge. The British at El Alamein were extremely deceptive too -
      creating entire fake divisions and tanks while hiding real ones. They
      built fake railway lines, fake everything... By the end of WWII, entire
      fake Allied armies existed which sent out fake communications, etc.

      I find human ingenuity in warfare a most interesting topic. People can be
      such cunning and deceptive liars when they need to.

      But my favourite story of deception is when Napoleon's Marshall's took a
      bridge in Austria - defended by 15,000 Austrians - and already rigged to
      be blown up by lighting a single fuse... The French rode over...
      pretending to feign a peace deal... and they occuppied the Austrian
      Officers with chit chat while the French troops casually sauntered on to
      the bridge and started throwing the explosives into the river... The
      French took the bridge without firing a shot... Napoleon's army raced
      over it... and some time later he defeated the Austrians and Russians at
      Austerlitz... itself a masterful deception. Jan]

      Robertson - The CIA and other US intelligence organisations were on "red
      alert" earlier this year when a satellite spotted the Klaas Voogds Maze
      of Soekershof near Robertson in the Western Cape.

      From a high altitude, the unusual shape of the maze and the objects in it
      showed just too many similarities with a defence complex.

      Only last week the Pentagon became absolute sure that the maze was not a
      threat to the national security of the USA.

      The webmaster of the website of Soekershof found out about the US
      military's interest in Soekershof via tracking-and-tracing software
      configured in the server.

      It turned out that the website had 362 visits from certain US military
      organisations during the past 12 months.

      Wondering why, the owners of Soekershof consulted American business- and
      other relations.

      Michael Cashin, who also owns property in the Klaas Voogds area, provided
      an answer: "I talked to a good friend of mine who is a recently retired
      army intelligence officer and he said the unusual shape of the maze, when
      viewed from a high altitude, has prompted some security or mapping agency
      to make an 'open sources' search to find out what it is."

      A Canadian army supplier, whose name cannot be published for security
      reasons, said: "It's a simple story. The satellite spots the maze with
      all those funny objects, some of which, on first sight, indeed look like
      pieces of heavy anti-aircraft artillery."

      The existing documentation is then studied. As the maze was fairly
      recently created, the necessary information could probably not be found.

      Nowadays, the next step is to search the internet for an explanation. If
      that fails, the intelligence agency will send a "cultural attach´┐Ż" or
      other employee of the US embassy in South Africa to the location.

      In this instance, the internet provided the CIA with the answer.

      Explaining the number of hits the website is still attracting, he said
      "student recognition experts" have to improve their skills by practicing.
      "The Soekershof maze turns out to be one of those excellent study

      The Pentagon in Washington has categorically denied the existence of
      detailed satellite photos.

      Source: NEWS24.COM

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