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5 Most Shocking Cases of Military Deception

The term "False flag operation" describes secretive operations designed to deceive  in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities, groups or nations t

The term "False flag operation" describes secretive operations designed to deceive  in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities, groups or nations than those who actually planned and executed them. Apparently war has a lot to offer those positioned to get a lot out of it, such as money, territory, prestige, and a large pool of slave labor. War has been naturally associated with suffering and misery, but to a select few nations and leaders it has also been associated with the aforementioned highly exclusive benefits. The latter being so powerful and alluring that history has documented cases of nations seeking out ways not to avoid war, but to actually start them! Any way possible, even illegally. From shelling their own lines, ships and cities to soldiers donning the uniforms of enemy combatants, nations have gone to great lengths to start wars. Unfortunately, it seems many nations have yet to learn the consequences of such cloak and dagger acts. The notoriety, the sanctions, and the international isolation that come with blatant subterfuge appear to be lost on certain state actors, particularly in light of the recent actions taken in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Here's a list of some of the most shocking False Flag operations carried out in history.

5 Soviet Shelling of Mainilla

4 Operation Northwoods

3 Gulf of Tonkin Incident

2  2. Operation Greif

1  1. Gleiwitz Incident

This is arguably the most notorious False Flag operation of all time, particularly due to its far reaching consequences. This was the spark that Adolf Hitler needed to invade Poland and start WWII in Europe. Obviously not content with gobbling up all of Austria with the Anschluss of 1938 and the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia the same year(followed up by the entire country in 1939) Hitler agitated for more Lebensraum or living space for his Greater Germany vision. The next obvious target for expansion was Poland. Sensing that neither France nor Great Britain were going to tolerate further "justified" expansion, Hitler went about fabricating a reason to invade Poland. On the night of August 31, 1939, German security troops escorted Jewish concentration camp victims to a radio tower near the Polish border town of Gleiwitz. There they dressed them in German border guard uniforms and had them promptly shot. Hitler used this pretext of "Polish Aggression" to invade Poland the next day on September 1, 1939. Two days later Great Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany, WWII had begun!

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