Fortitude: The D-Day Deception Campaign

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Overlook Press, 2002 M05 30 - 513 pages
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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, dummy bombers built of balsa wood and canvas landing craft were positioned where they could be photographed by the Luftwaffe. Each itemed an imminent amphibious assault from Dover, across the shortest stretch of the English Channel. Operation Fortitude was an extraordinary success. In this volume, the classified official history of the entire operation, written by Roger Hesketh as head of the team of D-Day deception specialists, has been declassified and released.

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Okay, I may not have the right to review this as I didn't finish it. After reading Crusade in Europe by Eisenhower I became interested in learning more about the "Special Means" employed to misdirect ... Read full review

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Fortitude was the codename of the Allied operation to deceive the German High Command into thinking that the 1944 invasion of Western Europe (Operation Overlord) would happen someplace other than ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Roger Hesketh wrote this history of the D-Day deception campaign at the end of the war. FORTITUDE remained highly classified throughout his lifetime, and when he died in 1987 many of the names of the double agents who had participated in the operation had still not been disclosed.

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