Hoodwinking Hitler: The Normandy Deception

Hoodwinking Hitler: The Normandy Deception

by William B. Breuer


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Despite the mighty invasion force the Americans and British mustered in England in early 1944, a top Allied general warned: If the Germans have even a 48-hour advance notice of the time and place of the Normandy landings, we could suffer a monstrous catastrophe! For his part, Adolf Hitler planned to inflict such a massive bloodbath on the invaders that the Allies would agree to a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany.

Hoodwinking Hitler is an action-packed, you-are-there account about a colossal and incredibly intricate deception scheme created and implemented by ingenious and diabolical minds, machinations intended to bamboozle the Germans on true Allied invasion plans. Facets of the global chicanery included electronic spoofing, double agents, diplomatic deceit, whispering campaigns, femmes fatales, camouflage, strategic feints, the French underground, murder plots, phony military installations, misleading bombing raids, sabotage, propaganda, traps, fake codes, and kidnap schemes. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies gained total surprise, mostly because of what Winston Churchill called the greatest hoax in history. But not until two months later, when the Allies broke out of Normandy, did the deception scheme pass into history. By that time, ultimate Allied victory in Europe was assured.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275944384
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/24/1993
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)

About the Author

WILLIAM B. BREUER landed with the first assault waves in Normandy on D-Day, then fought across Europe. Later, he founded a daily newspaper on a string in Rolla, Missouri, and after that, a highly successful public relations firm in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been writing books full time since 1982, twelve of which are now out in paperback, and eight of which have become main selections of the Military Book Club.

Table of Contents

A Plot to Murder President Roosevelt

An Ingenious Stratagem Is Unveiled

The "Santa Clauses" Duel with the "Blacks"

Machinations at Herrengasse 23

Istanbul Intrigue

Eavesdropping on the Fuehrer

A Conspiracy in Lisbon

A Flip-Flop by the Russian Bear

"Wild Bill" and His OSS

The Old Fox Is Trapped

Illusions in the Balkans

Focus on the Atlantic Wall

The Double-Cross "First Violins"

Behind the White Cliffs of Dover

A Ghost Army Threatens Norway

Connivances in Stockholm

Tightening the Security Lid

A High-Level Epidemic of the Jitters

Behind Enemy Lines

Vendetta and Copperhead

Electronic Spoofing

Invasion Fever

Threshold of a Mighty Endeavor

D-Day Decoys and Deceptions

Bombs, Bullets and Broadcasts

The Invasion Remains in Jeopardy

Rommel Clashes with the Fuehrer

Alles Kaputt!



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