U.S. military during the times of war. The offensive was master-minded by
Major General Edward Lansdale during the Cold War and again later during the
Lansdale would prove to be one of the most highly respected and notorious CIA
operative in both conflicts.
Lansdales’ unique combination of genius and borderline insanity reached it’s peak while leading operations against Communist
Guerrillas in the Philippines after having been made aware of the legend of the Aswang. The Aswang had the ability to blend into
the general population without being discovered, having immunity to sunlight made them impossible to detect.
Lansdale devised his plot once a Communist unit overtook a virtually impregnable position atop a hill in Luzon. The offensive
was initiated when Lansdale disguised some of his men and sent them into the Communist ranks to spread rumors that the Aswang
had been awakened and were attacking villagers and soldiers alike. Once the rumor had penetrated the war-hardened Communist
ranks, Lansdale began to organize actual Vampire attacks to further convince the enemy that they were being hunted by the blood-
Lansdale painstakingly organized ambushes that mirrored the handy-work of the Aswang. When enemy patrols were in the area,
Lansdale’s men would snatch the last man in formation, place two puncture wounds in his neck then hang him by his heels in order
to completely drain the body of blood. The corpse would then be placed back on the trail used by enemy patrols in order to be
discovered on their return. Though the tactics seemed far fetched, they proved quite effective. The hill in Luzon was abandoned
soon after it’s occupation due to Lansdales strategy and the fierce legend of the Aswang.
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