25 Most Top Secret Military Operations in History

Many events in history have been changed because of covert missions undergone by the military or by secret organizations led by the government. As a result of such activities, there have been discoveries made, conspiracies disclosed, injustices done, lives killed, and governments changed as a result of keeping everything concealed from public knowledge. For better or for worse these are the 25 most top secret military operations in history.

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Operation Paperclip


In the aftermath of World War II American Intelligence launched Operation Paperclip as a covert attempt to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany for employment in the United States. It turned out to be quite successful.


Project MKUltra


Project MKUltra was the code name of a U.S. government covert research operation experimenting in the behavioral engineering of humans (mind control) through the CIA’s Scientific Intelligence Division. Using unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as its test subjects MKUltra involved the administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as various forms of torture.


Operation Anthropoid


Operation Anthropoid was the code name for the assassination attempt on Nazi Officer Reinhard Heydrich. The operation was carried out in Prague on 27 May 1942 after having been prepared by the British Special Operations Executive with the approval of the Czechoslovak government-in-exile. Although only wounded in the attack, Heydrich died of his injuries on 4 June 1942. His death led to a wave of merciless reprisals by German troops, including the destruction of villages and the killing of civilians.


Bay of Pigs Invasion


The Bay of Pigs was an unsuccessful military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the paramilitary group Brigade 2506 on 17 April 1961. A counter-revolutionary military trained and funded by the United States government’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the invading force was defeated by the Cuban armed forces under the command of Prime Minister Fidel Castro within three days.


Operation Wrath of God


During the 1972 Munich Olympics, 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were been murdered, which prompted a killing spree that spread all across Europe. Operation Wrath of God, set into motion by Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, was planned and executed by the Mossad (Israeli Special Forces) and involved the systematic extermination of a number of members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) suspected to have taken part in the killings.

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