Historic Walting

A comment on the Bomber Command thread reminded me of a couple of stories about some characters who rdressed up as soldiuers.

There is a history of people dressing up as soldiers for all sorts of reasons.

One of the main is to beg for money. Willaim Mayhew in his books about Victorian London's underworld and poor diustinguished between real old soldiers and people dressing up as so9ldiers to beg. This is on a par with claiming to be a war hero to impress the girls or boys... But some historic characters display imagination well beoynd anythign atetmpted by those attmepting to get away with parading on Remebrance day.

I bring you the tale of Wilhelm Voigt: Captain von Köpenick

As a master of bluff none ever excelled Wilhelm Voigt, a cobbler remembered by the sobriquet of Captain von Köpenick (after the small suburb of Berlin where, October 17, 1906, he executed his famous coup).

Any other pieces of impersonation that rise abotu mere water mittydom?

Masquerading in the uniform of a Prussian army captain, Voigt, an ex-convict, placed himself at the head of a detachment of grenadiers, marched to the town hall, arrested the burgomaster, examined the municipal accounts, seized ready cash to the sum of £200, commandeered telephone and telegraph services “for state business,” and sent the burgomaster in custody to Berlin military headquarters.

When, nine days later, Voigt was arrested and, within six weeks, sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, the attention of the entire world was directed to alleged abuses in the German prison system. Either because of the tremendous public opinion which was aroused or, as some say, because of being amused, Kaiser Wilhelm pardoned Voigt by imperial edict despite the impostor’s record of twenty-seven years in prison for petty offenses.

Six years later, according to an Associated Press dispatch which appeared in the Atlanta Constitution, German newspapers received notices of Voigt’s death. In orthodox fashion they reviewed his life and unwittingly gave valuable publicity to a vaudeville company to which [the quite alive] Captain von Köpenick belonged. In 1932 a motion picture, Der Hauptmann von Köpenick, starring Max Adalbert, was based on Voigt’s escapade.
Wilhelm Voigt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There is also the great Dreadnaught hox - VIP Walting. A group of london literati blag their wayu into a VIP visit to HMS Dreadnaught. Dreadnought hoax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dreadnought hoax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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