Double Cross: Deception Techniques in War

Double Cross: Deception Techniques in War

by Paul B. Janeczko


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How does deception factor into fighting wars, and is it effective? In an intriguing companion to The Dark Game, Paul B. Janeczko reveals the truth about the strategic lies of war.

The biblical account of Gideon. The ancient story of the Trojan horse. Deceptive techniques have been used in war through the ages. But while the principles have changed very little, the technology behind fooling the enemy has evolved dramatically. Paul B. Janeczko’s fascinating chronology focuses on the American Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf Wars to reveal evolving attitudes toward the use and effectiveness of deceptive operations. Find out the secret plan behind the invasion of Normandy and the details of General Schwarzkopf’s “Hail Mary play” during the Gulf War, among many other strategies and maneuvers designed to pull the wool over enemies' eyes. Back matter includes source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763660420
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,254,894
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Paul B. Janeczko (1945–2019) was a poet and teacher who edited numerous award-winning poetry anthologies for young people, including A Poke in the I, A Kick in the Head, A Foot in the Mouth, and The Death of the Hat, all of which were illustrated by Chris Raschka; Firefly July, illustrated by Melissa Sweet; and The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems, illustrated by Richard Jones. He also wrote Worlds Afire; Requiem: Poems of the Terezín Ghetto; Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing; Double Cross: Deception Techniques in War; The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles, a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults; and Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Deception Basics 1

Chapter 1 Early Deceptions 9

Signals and Ciphers in the Civil War 24

Chapter 2 Camouflage and Haversacks 33

Camouflage in Nature 38

Chapter 3 Operation Bertram 67

Naming Secret Ops 72

Chapter 4 Operation Bodyguard 93

Radar 98

Chapter 5 Fortitude North 109

Telegraph Transmission 114

Chapter 6 Fortitude South 141

Bletchley Park 150

Chapter 7 Deception After World War II 175

The Global Positioning System 206

Source Notes 223

Bibliography 235

Image Credits 238

Index 241

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