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Deceiving Hitler Double Cross and Deception in World War II

By: Terry Crowdy (580.12/35937)
Publisher: Osprey Publishing ISBN: 9781846031359

By 1941, every German spy in Britain had been captured by the British secret service, and offered a simple choice: double cross the Germans, or die. The majority chose life and in doing so challenged British intelligence to find a meaningful use for them. In North Africa, General Wavell had created A Force, a secret unit responsible for concealing British weaknesses by manufacturing fake tanks and aircraft. When the commander of A Force was introduced to the guardians of the double cross system in London, the scene was set for the deceptions on a grand scale.

They masterminded a campaign of global deception culminating in a complex operation to deceive Hitler about the D-Day landings.

This book tells the intertwined stories of the development of Allied deceptions and the intelligence networks that enabled and supported them, and fed lies to the enemy. Terry Crowdy explains not only how the complex deceptions were created, but also how double agents were often the most crucial, and unreliable, weapons in the fight to gain the initiative and throw the enemy off balance at vital moments in the bloodiest conflict of modern times.

September 2008


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