Leasor, James.


1st ed., 1980. Vii + 264 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Tiny bump to top corner o/w FINE. Before the D-Day landings in 1944, British and American deception planners sought to convince the German High Command that the Allied invasion would be in the Pas de Calais and not in Normandy. The Allied deception plan was as complex as it was ingenious and shortly before D-Day some doubts still remained as to whether the German commanders genuinely believed that Calais was the main Allied target. In a desperate last-minute attempt to convince Hitler, possibly against his commanders' views, a volunteer was sought to fly to France, carrying what would seem unarguable evidence that the main landings were to take place around Calais. This volunteer – The Unknown Warrior – came from X-Troop – or No. 3 Troop – No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando, formed by Lord Louis Mountbatten, from anti-Nazi Germans, Hungarians and Austrians. Many were Jews whose families had died in concentration camps. All had volunteered for hazardous tasks where their particular background of qualifications were of great value. Many of the armed servicemen in Normandy and Europe after D-Day owed their lives to the courage and resolution of The Unknown Warrior.

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