The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War

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Phoenix, 2005 - World War, 1939-1945 - 1168 pages
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Mystify. Mislead. Surprise. These have been the basic tenets of deception in warfare throughout human history. In WWII, however, the Allies employed unprecedented measures and practiced the most successful deception ever seen, meticulously feeding misinformation to Axis intelligence. Thaddeus Holt's ambitious and comprehensive book is the first to tell the full story behind these operations. Exactly how the Allies engaged in strategic deception has remained secret for decades. Now, with the help of newly declassified material, Holt reveals these secrets to the world in a riveting work of historical scholarship. THE DECEIVERS takes readers from the early British achievements in the Middle East and Europe at the beginning of the war, through to the massive Allied success of D-Day, American victory in the Pacific theatre, and the war's culmination on the brink of an invasion of Japan. Holt brings to life the hitherto little-known men, British and American, who ran Allied deception, tracks the development of deception techniques, and explores the groundbreaking work of double agents.

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User Review  - Sturgeon - LibraryThing

Okay, perhaps I was expecting more - a bit of action or more gritty details. The book goes into more personal than operation detail and as such, the title is accurate, but the subtitle is as deceiving as the deceivers themselves. Read full review

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User Review  - jcaister - LibraryThing

Fascinating account of how the Allies deceived the Axis during the Second World War, including policies, inter-service and national rivalries. It was a little long winded in places. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Thaddeus Holt is a lawyer, focusing primarily on litigation and administrative law. He served as Deputy Under-Secretary of the Army, 1965-67. His articles and book reviews have appeared in MHQ, the New York Times, the Journal of Military History, Virginia Quarterly Review

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