Rankin, Nicholas.


1st ed., 2008. Xiv + 466 pp. D.j., 24 x 15cm. Upper and lower edges of inside flaps (only) of d.j., narrowly trimmed (not affecting any text) ; a little tape to edges of d.j., & a little scuffing to edges & pasted e.p.'s o/w V.G.+. By June 1940, most of Europe had fallen to the Nazis and Britain stood alone. To protect itself, the nation fell back on cunning and camouflage, a talent developed during the First World War. Churchill adored stratagems, ingenious devices and special forces : pretend German radio stations broadcast outrageous British propaganda in German. British geniuses broke German secret codes and eavesdropped on their messages. Every German spy in Britain was captured and many were used to send back false information to their controllers. Forged documents misled their Intelligence. Bogus wireless traffic from entire phantom armies, dummy airfields with model planes, disguised ships and inflatable tanks created a vital illusion of strength. Culminating in the spectacular misdirection that was so essential to the success of D-Day, this book reveals the mavericks behind these ploys.

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