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What do you mean by 'Fifth column'?

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Asked by Sridhar, 03 Jun '10 08:33 pm
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Fifth Column refers to a group of people who work and cooperate secretly with an enemy or aggressor against their own govt. or country. This term was invented by General Emilio Mola during the Spanish Civil War in a radio broadcast on October 16, 1936, in which he said that he had "una quinta columna" (a Fifth Column) of sympathizers for General Franco among the Republicans holding the city of Madrid, and it would join his four columns of troops when they attacked. The term was popularized by Ernest Hemingway and later extended to any traitorous insiders.
Answered by Joseph Chacko, 03 Jun '10 08:55 pm

 
  
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A fifth column refers to a group of people who clandestinely undermine a larger group, such as a nation, from within, to the aid of an external enemy. In simple, they are traitors
Answered by Anil K Chugh, 06 Jun '10 09:40 pm

 
  
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A fifth column is a group of people who clandestinely undermine a larger group, such as a nation, from within, to the aid of an external enemy
Answered by Dinesh Manaktala, 03 Jun '10 08:34 pm

 
  
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A fifth column is a group of people who clandestinely undermine a larger group, such as a nation, from within, to the aid of an external enemy. The concept, as any concept dealing with enemies, is sometimes associated with the potential for, or paranoia of, "the enemy within," rather than its actuality.

The term originated with a 1936 radio address by Emilio Mola, a Nationalist General during the 193639 Spanish Civil War. As his army approached Madrid, he broadcasted a message that the four columns of his forces outside the city would be supported by a "fifth column" of his supporters inside the city, intent on undermining the Republican government from within (see Siege of Madrid).[1]

In fact, this supposed "fifth column" did not prove very effective, as evidenced by the fact that Madrid held out until 1939 despite very heavy fighting. Nevertheless, the term caught on and was used extensively, especially by those fighting the Fascists and Nazis. It was especially in wide use in ...more
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 04 Jun '10 02:09 pm

 
  
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I guess that they are "spy" working for a particular country or organisation.
Answered by Kumaraswamy ramu, 04 Jun '10 02:03 am

 
  
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It means infiltrators or collaborators with the enemy...!
Answered by Dil Se, 03 Jun '10 10:27 pm

 
  
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Politicians......
Answered by pradeep mishra, 03 Jun '10 08:35 pm

 
  
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