A Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars
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A Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars

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by Nicholas Rankin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019538704X

ISBN-13: 9780195387049

Pub. Date: 11/10/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In February 1942, intelligence officer Victor Jones erected 150 tents behind British lines in North Africa. "Hiding tanks in Bedouin tents was an old British trick," writes Nicholas Rankin. German general Erwin Rommel not only knew of the ploy, but had copied it himself. Jones knew that Rommel knew. In fact, he counted on it—for these tents were

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In February 1942, intelligence officer Victor Jones erected 150 tents behind British lines in North Africa. "Hiding tanks in Bedouin tents was an old British trick," writes Nicholas Rankin. German general Erwin Rommel not only knew of the ploy, but had copied it himself. Jones knew that Rommel knew. In fact, he counted on it—for these tents were empty. With the deception that he was carrying out a deception, Jones made a weak point look like a trap.

In A Genius for Deception, Nicholas Rankin offers a lively and comprehensive history of how Britain bluffed, tricked, and spied its way to victory in two world wars. As Rankin shows, a coherent program of strategic deception emerged in World War I, resting on the pillars of camouflage, propaganda, secret intelligence, and special forces. All forms of deception found an avid sponsor in Winston Churchill, who carried his enthusiasm for deceiving the enemy into World War II. Rankin vividly recounts such little-known episodes as the invention of camouflage by two French artist-soldiers, the creation of dummy airfields for the Germans to bomb during the Blitz, and the fabrication of an army that would supposedly invade Greece. Strategic deception would be key to a number of WWII battles, culminating in the massive misdirection that proved critical to the success of the D-Day invasion in 1944.

Deeply researched and written with an eye for telling detail, A Genius for Deception shows how the British used craft and cunning to help win the most devastating wars in human history.

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ISBN-13:
9780195387049
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/10/2009
Pages:
466
Sales rank:
785,735
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Ch 1: War of Nerves
Ch 2: The Nature of Camouflage
Ch 3: Engineering Opinion
Ch 4: Hiding and Sniping
Ch 5: Deception in the Dardanelles
Ch 6: Steel Trees
Ch 7: Guile and Guerrilla
Ch 8: The Twice-Promised Land
Ch 9: A Dazzle of Zebras
Ch 10: Lying for Lloyd George
Ch 11: Deceivers Deceived
Ch 12: The Wizards of WW2
Ch 13: Curtain Up
Ch 14: Winston is Back
Ch 15: Hiding the Silver
Ch 16: A Great Blow Between the Eyes
Ch 17: Commando Dagger
Ch 18: British Resistance
Ch 19: Fire Over England
Ch 20: Radio Propaganda
Ch 21: 'A' Force: North Africa
Ch 22: Impersonations
Ch 23: Garden of Forking Paths
Ch 24: The Hinge of Fate
Ch 25: Mincemeat
Ch 26: The Double
Ch 27: Overlord & Fortitude
Ch 28: V for Vergeltung
Epilogue
Source Notes
Author's Note & Acknowlegements
Index
Prologue
1. War of Nerves
2. The Nature of Camouflage
3. Engineering Opinion
4. Hiding and Sniping
5. Dardanelles Deception
6. Steel Trees
7. Guile and Guerrilla
8. The Twice-Promised Land
9. A Dazzle of Zebras
10. Lying for Lloyd George
11. Deceivers Deceived
12. Intermission: Wireless Wars 1920-1939
13. The Wizards of WW2
14. Curtain Up
15. "Winston is Back"
16. Hiding the Silver
17. A Great Blow Between the Eyes
18. Commando Dagger
19. The British Resistance
20. Fire Over England
21. Radio Propaganda
22. 'A' Force: North Africa
23. Impersonations
24. Garden of Forking Paths
25. The Hinge of Fate
26. Mincemeat
27. The Double
28. Overlord & Fortitude
29. V for Vergeltung
Epilogue

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Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Craig Cannon More than 1 year ago
A great recording of the estsblishment and advancement of British military deception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago