U.S. forces in combat against the Japanese have
learned that it pays to be always on the alert against
enemy ruses or tricks. Although the Japanese have
used such tactics in numerous instances, they have been
successful in only a relatively few cases. Frequently
enemy ruses have been employed to make up for a lack
of combat efficiency against U.S. troops. Certainly
such tactics do not afford the Japanese any "super"
advantages. It's a game that can be played by both
sides, and our troops have quite often played it successfully
against opposing forces.
2. EXAMPLES OF RUSES
a. Sandwiching in a few words of English occasionally, a
group of Japanese screamed and yelled to give
the impression that U.S. soldiers were being tortured. The
idea was to attract U.S. troops to the scene for
the purpose of mowing them down by enemy fire.
b. In two instances on the Burma front, the Japanese
cut British telephone lines and then attempted to
hide the breaks by binding the cut ends with insulating
tape. The idea was to make it very difficult for line
repair men to find where the wire had been cut.
c. On Betio Island, some Japanese pulled the old
trick of playing dead. U.S. troops were on the alert, however, and
little or no damage resulted from such tactics.