- By Thaddeus Holt

The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War

  • Title: The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War
  • Author: Thaddeus Holt
  • ISBN: 9780743250429
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Deceivers Allied Military Deception in the Second World War In World War II the Allies employed unprecedented methods and practiced the most successful military deception ever seen meticulously feeding misinformation to Axis intelligence to lead Axis command

    In World War II, the Allies employed unprecedented methods and practiced the most successful military deception ever seen, meticulously feeding misinformation to Axis intelligence to lead Axis commanders into erroneous action Thaddeus Holt s elegantly written and comprehensive book is the first to tell the full story behind these operations Exactly how the Allies engagedIn World War II, the Allies employed unprecedented methods and practiced the most successful military deception ever seen, meticulously feeding misinformation to Axis intelligence to lead Axis commanders into erroneous action Thaddeus Holt s elegantly written 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 this secret to the world in a riveting work of historical scholarship Once the Americans joined the war in 1941, they had much to learn from their British counterparts, who had been honing their deception skills for years As the war progressed, the British took charge of misinformation efforts in the European theater, while the Americans focused on the Pacific The Deceivers takes readers from the early British achievements in the Middle East and Europe at the beginning of the war to the massive Allied success of D Day, American victory in the Pacific theater, and the war s culmination on the brink of an invasion of Japan Colonel John Bevan, who managed British deception operations from London, described the three essentials to strategic deception as good plans, double agents, and codebreaking, and The Deceivers covers each of these aspects in minute detail Holt brings to life the little known men, British and American, who ran Allied deception, such as Bevan, Dudley Clarke, Peter Fleming, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr and Newman Smith He tracks the development of deception techniques and tells the hitherto unknown story of double agent management and other deception through the American FBI and Joint Security Control Full of fascinating sources and astounding revelations, The Deceivers is an indispensable volume and an unparalleled contribution to World War II literature.

    1 thought on “The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War

    1. Great Book. This is a must for anyone that wants to learn about deceptions used in WWII. I used this for my dissertation on the 23rd Special Troops (Ghost Army).

    2. This is one of my favourite subjects and I would hate to give a book anything below 4 stars. But I just could not put myself up with the incoherence of this book. You would simply get lost in the innumerable acronyms and the huge number of players. And the writing is so deadpan, you would think you are listening to a robot. Even Siri is better. Rather than focusing on relatively few aspects, Holt has strived to incorporate each and every element of the decption games within this book.Believe it [...]

    3. Oh dear. I have not abandoned a book in quite a while, but it had to happen sometime- and on one of my favorite subjects, no less. This book is LONG and BORING. Put off by the dizzying alphabet soup of military and spy acronyms, the gigantic cast of every characters (as in EVERY single person who ever concocted a military deception) and the need to include ALL details, no matter how small or insignificant, I quit after more than 400 pages. (So I am patient with a subject I like.) It is just not [...]

    4. A huge tome, over 1000 pages with over 100 pages of references. This is a valuable reference source for readers with a serious interest in WW2 intelligence. The author has gone to great lengths to study all available sources and analyse their implications. It's not the kind of book you read from cover to cover but I have been returning to it again and again. Even at full price its great value for money but you can find used copies for as little as £1!

    5. Most of this book's 1148 pages consist of maps, references, bibliography and various appendices. All the references are needed to keep up with the vast amount of information contained within the pages. I found it fascinating to read about all the behind-the-scenes deception schemes that quite literately helped win the war for the allies.

    6. This book is part historical research, and part true storytelling. Most of the stories told are very fascinating, but it tends to drown in the historical correctness and sourcing. A worthwhile read if you're not adverse to skipping past boring chapters.

    7. Interesting and sometimes funny, but also massive, not entirely what I was hoping for and overdue to be returned to the library.

    8. On page 206 of 805. 9-17-11 I find the book a bit technical but still enjoyable. 10-15-11 Things are much more clear as the setting is explained. Greatly enjoying it!

    9. Pretty awesome book about the true "deceivers" of Allied espionage and all the tactics they used to trick the Axis from El Alemain to Berlin. I highly recommend it to WWII fans and espionage fans.

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