During World War II, Nazi Field Marshal Edwin Rommel led a tank force in North Africa against the British. He lost the conflict because of poop.

You see, the British had strict regulations on where you were allowed to poop. The manual outlined the procedure for building a simple latrine out of a small hole, a box with a hole cut in the top, and a burlap flap to cover the hole when you weren’t using it.

The Germans just pooped anywhere in the desert. There was lots of room after all. However, there were also lots of flies. The flies landed on the poop then flew onto the German food.

Including Rommel’s food apparently. He took ill in early 1943 and by May had to return to Germany for medical treatment.

So, if you don’t use a proper latrine, everyone will soon get sick with the diseases spread by flies.

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