Hesketh, Roger.


1st ed., 1999. Xxvi + 513 pp., various ills., maps + charts. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. Behind the astonishing success of D-Day was the most sophisticated deception scheme ever devised. The objective was to persuade the enemy that the long-awaited landings would take place in the Pas-de-Calais, and that any attack in Normandy would be nothing more than a diversionary feint that could be safely ignored. Hundreds of bogus agent reports were manufactured, an entire US Army Group was invented, false radio signals transmitted, and inflatable tanks and dummy bombers were positioned where they could be photographed by the Luftwaffe. Operation ‘Fortitude’ was an extraordinary success. The author, whose team of deception specialists co-ordinated the most complex trick of the last century, wrote this classified official history of the entire operation as Allied counter-intelligence experts were gathering the evidence of what had been accomplished in early 1945. Now, for the first time, this official history has been declassified and released.

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