Crack Irish sniper
Mick Malone was a legend in the First World War. He was the most famous sniper
in the history of warfare. The list of his victims was hundreds of names long,
and yet his system was so simple. He'd worked out that ninety per cent of Germans
were called Hans. So Mick would lie in no man's land, settle in a shell hole,
set up the rifle and call:
'Hello, Hans, are you there?'
And a German head would rise up and shout 'Ja!'
Whereupon Malone would shoot him.
This worked very well for many months until he came across an equally smart
German sniper. This man had worked out that over fifty per cent of Irishmen were
called Mick, so he tried the same plan. There he lay, directly opposite Malone,
and called out:
'Are you there, Mick?'
'Yes, is that you Hans?' said Malone without moving.
The German rose up and said, 'Ja!' and Mick shot him...