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Ihe an ol deception and with German reserves remaining out ot



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Ihe an ol deception and with German reserves remaining out ot
the Normandy area until it was too late, waiting poised lor Ihe
anticipated Allied attacks in Norway. Pas de Calais Cole d Azur
and the Eastern Mediterranean

Dr Cruickshank also provides us with a briel overview ol German deception measures which were designed to keep Ihe British in a slate ot apprehension over invasion, and Ihe Russians in a slate ol blissful ignorance over German inlentions in the East

In his summary ot the effectiveness ol deception operations and ol its value to the Allied war effort, Dr Cruickshank con­cludes thai there is no doubl that tactical deception was suc­cessful, sometimes, as at El Alamein. spectacularly so Strategic

operations on Ihe other hand had had a patchy record, until BODYGUARD but that the evident success of Ihe taller changed the minds ol even Ihe sceptical US commanders An official US appreciation ol deception at the end ot the war states lhal Ihe Americans were completely convinced of Ihe effec­tiveness of strategic, deception as an offensive weapon despite strong reservations held in 1943




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