April 21, 2003

GET YOUR Most Wanted Iraqi

GET YOUR Most Wanted Iraqi playing cards from UK manufacturer Firebox, who also provide these military card factoids:

The playing card idea is not a new one. It was used all the way back in WWII to help soldiers familiarise themselves with German military equipment, so they could more quickly recognise friend from foe and gauge the strength of the enemy in a local area. These packs have gone on to become very valuable collectors items.

In the Vietnam war soldiers were issued with packs of cards that contained nothing but the Ace of Spades. These cards were useful in psychological warfare. The Viet Cong were very superstitious and highly frightened by this ace. The cards were deliberately scattered in the jungle and in hostile villages during raids. The very sight of it was said to cause many Viet Cong to flee.

And if the card didn't work, the Motorhead song always did. By the way, 10% of Firebox's card profits will go to the Red Cross.

Posted by Tim Blair at April 21, 2003 06:01 PM