D-Day Deception

D-Day Deception : Operation Fortitude and the Normandy Invasion


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Before landing in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies executed an elaborate deception plan designed to prevent the Germans from concentrating forces in Normandy. The lesser-known first part, Fortitude North, suggested a threat to Norway. Fortitude South--largely through a fictitious army group under Gen. George S. Patton--indicated that Allied forces would come ashore in the Pas de Calais rather than Normandy. Barbier sheds new light on this story of double agents and phantom units while reassessing the importance of Operation Fortitude.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Stackpole Books
  • Mechanicsburg, United States
  • English
  • 11 b/w photos
  • 0811735346
  • 9780811735346
  • 443,851

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"Barbier (history, Mississippi State U.) provides a comprehensive account of Operation Fortitude from planning to conclusion that pays more attention to Fortitude North than many previous accounts and, in addition to presenting the Allied perspective, discusses German responses. In her final assessment, she judges the impact of Fortitude to be minimal."-SciTech Book News

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About Mary Kathryn Barbier

Mary Kathryn Barbier is a professor of history at Mississippi State University. She is also the author of Kursk and coauthor of Strategy and Tactics.

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