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Deceptions of World War II by Peter Darman



This fascinating hardback details some of the many deceptions that occurred in the Second World War. The book details some of the audacious plans, some accounts also include images.


There is deception to thwart attacks from the air. Perhaps the most ambitious defensive deception in this regard was by the Americans after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. They cleverly disguised large industrial installations in California, so from the air, these factories looked like unremarkable suburbs with fake cars and streets and even actors!


There was deception in the desert. The British deception organisation A Force disguised entire divisions in the desert, assisting the El Alamein win in 1942.


Double agents played a big role in the war, with deception by intelligence deceiving German troops into deploying in the wrong areas.


There is also deception in the East, in the West, and in the Pacific, often campaigns on a massive scale.


Informative and well-presented, this is an excellent book for understanding some of the successful acts of subterfuge in World War II. It is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the history of this time.


Reviewer: Karen McMillan

Exisle Publishing

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