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We are already tamiliar with some deception operations through dramatisations such as



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We are already tamiliar with some deception operations through dramatisations such as The Man Who Never Was and' Was Monty s Double, and the story ot TAXABLE and GLIMMER involving deception against the Atlantic Wall in the Pas de Calais following D Day has been recounted many times Bul Cruick-shank s book dispassionately tackles the topic with great thor­oughness, neither dwelling on Ihe failures nor glamorising the successes He recounts the difficulties which the deception planning staffs — deceptionists rather than deceivers — laced the suspicions, scepticisms, lealousies. patent lack of imagina lion, shortages ol materials and sheer poor planning, together with a regular share ol good and bad luck The author traces the accumulation ol experience by the deception expens beginning with methods used to decoy German bombers into bombing dummy British airfields (successful) and deliberately in blazing targets (moderately successful) through the execution ol elab­orate tactical deceplion plans by A Force in coniunction with El Alamein (thoroughly successlul) to Ihe first strategic deception operations dotal failures) The photographs which accompany Ihe text are tascmating

The deceptionists tried initially lo mount operations on a shoestring wilh ludicrous results — (he pre invasion commando reconnaisance tads lor a bogus assault on Ihe Brittany coast in




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