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walts in history

#1
since i came across this site one topic has facinated me, the walt
in ireland we dont have a tradition of walting as our military spend most of their
time working doors or driving cabs or other moon lighting operations
and usually dont deck themselves in the laurels of victory
but from the bit of research i have done the earliest walt i have found would be
the noted figure of doctor johnson who i believe wrote
"every man thinks of himself meanly for not being a soldier"
yet would affect an officers red coat when strolling around
was there a spartan that would stagger around the tavernas ripped to the breast plate on
vino proclaiming he was the three hundred and first spartan
 
#2
Wilhelm Voigt (1849-1922) was a German impostor who masqueraded as a Prussian military officer in 1906 and became famous as the Captain of Köpenick.

On 1906 he had purchased parts of used captain's uniforms and, once in Köpenick, he went to the local army barracks, stopped four grenadiers and a sergeant on their way back to barracks and told them to come with him. Indoctrinated to obey officers without question, they followed.

He had the town secretary Rosenkranz and Mayor Georg Langerhans arrested for suspicions of crooked bookkeeping and confiscated 4000 marks and 70 pfennigs - with a receipt, of course. Then he commandeered two carriages and told the grenadiers to take the Mayor and the treasurer Wiltberg to Berlin to General Moltke for interrogation. He told the remaining guards to stand in their places for half an hour and then left for the train station. In the train he changed to civilian clothes and slipped out.

Voigt was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison for forgery, impersonating an officer and wrongful imprisonment. However, much of the public opinion was on his side. German Kaiser Wilhelm II pardoned him on 1908. There are some claims that even the Kaiser had been amused by the incident.
 
#3
i think its funny
its walting for profit, turning a percieved strenght into a weakness...straight out of sun tzus art of war
but i think most walts in history didnt have fiscal gain on their minds
getting their hands on some flange perhaps...
 
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#7
I've read somewhere that Ernest Hemingway fabricated his war experience completely - anyone know more about this?
 
#8
Does Idi Amin Dada count? Let's see:
Awards himself the Victoria Cross (was told that he couldn't have it so he created his own- the Victorious Cross)
Awards himself the MC
Awards himself the DSO
'King of Scotland'
'Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular'

OK, yes, he did serve in the Kings African Rifles as a cook.
 
#12
Hitler, jumped up full screw who thought he knew better than the OKW high command and earned the nickname GROFATZ thought he was a general and he'd have struggled to be I/c swamped mattress store.
 
#14
Hitler, jumped up full screw who thought he knew better than the OKW high command and earned the nickname GROFATZ thought he was a general and he'd have struggled to be I/c swamped mattress store.
Though to be fair to Hitler. How many Cpls and Sgts have had some officer think they can do their job better? Law of averages means we can send some Cpl up to the higher levels of command now and again for a crack at it, that French fella Napolion did well for a while.
 
#15
Gaumata- According to Herodotus, a shady priest who bluffed his way to the throne of ancient Persia by pretending to be the legitimate heir.
Perkin Warbeck and Lambert Simnel- Two medieval chancers who nearly toppled Henry VII by pretending to be the Princes in the Tower.
 
#18
Blair - walted as a prime minister.

Brown - walted as a member of the human race.

Hammond - is walting about having an interest in the Defence of the Realm./

The EU is the equal first most mega-walt of all time (equal with global warming).
 
#20
Sir Hugh Latimer was Henry VIII's Chaplain, an old-boy of Clare Hall Cambridge (Now Clare College) and became one of the Oxford Matyrs. Nothing Waltish about him at all...
 

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