- When Zhuge Liang of the Shu Han Dynasty was quelling a rebellion in the south of China he utilised a very unusual strategy. Although he easily defeated the rebels, he took it upon himself to capture the rebel leader, give him a tour of his military camp, showing him the amount of supplies and men at his disposal and let him go. He repeated this process seven times, until eventually the enemy leader just gave up.
- When a North Korea Storm Corp soldier was captured in South Korea he revealed a terrifying technique employed by the nation to toughen up their soldiers. The men would be required to punch a tree trunk 5,000 times in a row every day for a month. After they’ve finished with the trees they move on to tin cans; once they’ve punched enough sharp metal to leave their knuckles cut and bloody they then start punching a pile of salt. This makes the soldiers hands turn hard like rock, perfect for literally punching their enemies to death.
- Taking the tale of the Trojan horse to a whole new level. Viking leader Hastein employed a sneaky technique while attempting to sack Rome in 860. He climbed into a coffin and pretended to be a dead Norseman. He was carried by his raiders past the city walls through the main gate with no problem. When the time was right he leapt out of his coffin and sacked the city – unfortunately for Hastein it was the wrong city, he had mistaken the city of Luna for Rome.
- The Russian Spetznaz special forces have a unique technique to teach their soldiers to deal with blood on the battlefield. During their training the recruits are woken in the dead of night, dragged through a dark corridor and forced into a room full of blood and rotten organs. The blood is so thick that the soldiers have to wade through it to move. If that wasn’t bad enough, a large dog is then released in the darkness, giving the trainees that extra encouragement to make their way through the blood-filled room and hopefully desensitising them to any blood they might encounter in a battle situation.
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