False flag operations are covert actions deliberately planned and executed to pin the blame on another party and absolve the actual perpetrators. They deceive, confuse, and often provide a pretext for further action.

In today’s digital age, the term “false flag” has become a part of our daily vocabulary. It’s bandied about in online forums, debated on late-night television, and has sparked countless YouTube documentaries. 

Yet, amidst this deluge, the line between genuine historical incidents and pure conjecture can become blurred.

Our journey into the realm of false flag operations is not one of speculation but of exploration. Through this expedition, we aim to dissect some of the most documented, genuine instances where nations, agencies, or groups intentionally muddied the waters of truth for a particular agenda.

Origins of False Flag Tactics

Before the term “false flag operations” was coined, the world had witnessed its maneuvers. 

Historically, the strategy can trace its origins to events like the Peloponnesian War. Thucydides, the ancient historian, documented tactics resembling what we understand as false flags today.

In the 1700s, another intriguing episode unfolded on the high seas. Notorious for their cunning and guile, pirates would fly the flags of friendly nations. This deceptive act allowed them to approach their targets under the guise of friendship, only to launch surprise attacks once they were close enough.

An interview with Pinchas Levon after his dismissal in 1961. (Wikimedia Commons)

Yet another example hails from the Battle of Tannenberg in 1410. In this significant military confrontation, Polish and Lithuanian troops waved the flags of the Teutonic Order, allowing them to breach enemy lines successfully.