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Operation Fortitude: The Greatest Hoax Of The Second World War

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'Operation Fortitude' was the ingenious web of deception spun by the Allies to mislead the Nazis as to how and where the D-Day landings were to be mounted.
Paperback, 316 pages
Published 2012 by Collins (first published November 22nd 2011)
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Ann
Oct 12, 2015 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, espionage
This book describes the various deceptions performed by the Allies during the buildup to D-day. The double-cross system of having captured German spies and double agents send concocted messages back to Germany is explained in some detail.There are references to various other deceptions, such as the creation of fake boats, harbors and airfields, or the impersonation of General Montgomery by an actor.

So the book is a good general introduction to this topic, but it wasn't particularly memorable or
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Graeme Shimmin
Sep 28, 2014 Graeme Shimmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy-non-fiction
A very readable and engaging retelling of the story of the British run espionage network known as the Double-Cross system.

Much if not all of the story has been told before as it emerged in the 1970s and 80's (and in parts earlier). Many operations are mentioned only briefly, such as Operation Mincemeat, subject of several books, but given only a couple of pages here. This then is a 'popular history' concentrating on telling the story in an engaging and entertaining manner.

The heart of the book
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Mark
Sep 07, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The history of WW2 is littered with so many amazing stories it is hard to know which one to read next. Luckily this choice was made for me by my mother-in-law as a birthday present.

While i had heard and read a little about Operation Fortitude and the deception efforts while reading other books I had never gone into any depth.

This book takes you through the early stages of the start of the deception strategies through the first use of them in different theatres during the war and finishing with
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Chris
Jul 07, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
I have a couple of complaints about this book - which may make the 4 stars seem odd - firstly, the title "Operation Fortitude" I found that less than half the book is actually about "Fortitude" and secondly, when it does move on to "Fortitude" it isn't about the entire deception, it is only about the "Double Cross" aspect of it, this would have probably been better off being a extended in to a history of either "Double Cross" or should have been "Operation Fortitude: How Double Cross fooled the ...more
Geevee
Joshua Levine's book is a very enjoyable read and he has done well to tell the story of Operation Fortitude simply but with enough detail for most readers. I say this as I once tried to read Roger Hesketh's Fortitude, which was written in 1947, but I found it too heavy and stilted as it is in essence an official after action report to Intelligence commanders.

There has clearly been much research done by Mr Levine as can be seen by the acknowledgements, sources and bibliography. I found the storie
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Larry Loftis
I agree with Ann (prior review) that the book is a general overview book and not "particularly memorable." There are no end notes and I didn't see any seminal research. It seems to be short summaries of other books.
Raving Redcoat
Jan 23, 2016 Raving Redcoat rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at the mysterious world of double agents, and how these strange characters did their bit to win the Invasion of Normandy.
Tim Inglisi
Feb 06, 2016 Tim Inglisi rated it liked it
This book adds some pieces to the jigsaw of events that make up the Second World War. It covers the double cross system in detail, and explains its origins. The character sketches are an enjoyable aspect of this account of Op Fortitude. However, it has a few notable weaknesses. It is big on strategy, but provides little of substance regarding tactical outcomes. I guess there are some operational details that are considered too secret to disclose even now..
Ian
Aug 27, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very clear and detailed account of some fascinating, rarely told events that may or may not have helped steer the course of WW2
Jon
Jul 11, 2012 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this and found it quite fascinating and almost unbelievable too. We'll worth reading.
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