A FORCE: The Origins of British Deception


A FORCE: The Origins of British Deception

WHITNEY BENDECK    Book Number: 86555    Product format: Hardback

'A Force' looks at how and why the British first employed deception and more specifically traces the development of the organisation formed in Cairo in 1941. It was the first British organisation to practice both tactical and strategic deception in the field and while older studies have focussed on the D-Day campaign and Britain's infamous double-agent, this work explores the origins of such activities. During WW2, the British mastered the art of deception and practiced it on a scale never before seen in history. In June 1940, the Italians declared war on the British in Africa. Outnumbered, and unlikely to receive sizable reinforcement of men or desperately needed supplies, it is surprising that the British even survived. Instead they got creative and under the leadership of General Archibald P. Wavell, the Commander in Chief of the Middle East, the British set out to greatly exaggerate the size of their forces, supply levels and state of battle readiness. When their deceitful charades proved successful, Wavell turned trickery into a profession and created an entirely new agency dedicated to carrying out deception. Covers the large scale efforts at El Alamein to the Normandy Invasion. 257pp, seven maps.
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