The Deceivers

The Deceivers : Allied Military Deception in the Second World War

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 1168 pages
  • 136 x 216 x 48mm | 1,079.56g
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 23 B/W Photo\Illu(s),17 Map(s)
  • 0753819171
  • 9780753819173
  • 1,601,572

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'This is a meticulous and measured book, an exemplary piece of scholarship... It has clearly been a large labour for Holt, but one of love. It will be sometime before anyone has anything to add.' THE TIMES
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About Thaddeus Holt

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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