I was given this as a challenge today. The story of the Trojan horse is an incredible one in and of itself. It is however an even greater stimulus for exploring some of the greatest deceptions in History.
Trojan Horse Story:
Build a horse fill it full of Greeks, pretend to sail away. Wait for Trojian numpties to steal horse as a trophy. Leave to Trojans to get squiffy. Return to Troy, open from the inside and pillage liberally .
Key Requirements: 1 big horse, 1 Vain and Impetuous nation, 1 Sneaky Nation.
Other “Deceptions” along similar lines that occur to me:
- The Great Escape. Three tunnels – to ensure that if one got found, glories could be basked in and complacency prevail. Not to mention the expectation upon every soldier who was imprisoned to escape in order to distract the enemy from their principal mission.
- The Saint Nazaire Raid: A cunning little plan to sail a redundant British battleship up a French river into the heart of a German stronghold and blow it up. They managed this by beginning the run in flying a German Flag, with a German speaker shouting for help on the radio. It ended in massive destruction of German resources.
- The D-Day landings: Began with inflatable mock up tanks, trucks and landing craft, as well as troop camp facades constructed from scaffolding and canvas being placed in ports on the eastern and southeastern coasts of Britain and the Luftwaffe encouraged to photograph them.
- Operation Mincemeat: A plan to convince the German high command that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia in 1943 instead of Sicily, the actual objective. This was hatched by one Ian Fleming. It also led to the Germans disbelieving legitimate information later on in the war.
- Facebook – have this lovely thing for free, build relationships and arrange your life, but give then access to the entire narrative of your life.
- Trojian Viruses – install this thing you have always needed on your ‘pooter and give me access to all your files, data and key strokes.
There’s such a rich seam of stuff here to celebrate. Imagine how much we could develop children’s understanding of what it means to be an historian:
“Historians seek to understand how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. Historians see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. They find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions through research, sifting through evidence, and arguing for their point of view.”
This is lifted from an earlier blog of mine ” Hidden in plain sight – the 21st Century Curriculum”
Would it be easy?
No, but then being inspirational isn’t. It’s about graft, research and perspiration.