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Deceiving Hitler: Double-Cross and Deception in World War II [Digital]

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  • ISBN-10: 1780962258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780962252
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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By 1941 every German spy in Britain had been captured by the British secret service and offered the option of double-crossing the Germans, or death. Those who chose life - the majority - formed a secret unit that embarked on a range of deceptive campaigns during the war, from creating fake tanks to hide British weakness to deceiving Hitler about the D-Day landings. No collection strong in World War II history should be without this extensive survey of the various deception plots - and even many a general interest lending library will find it a fascinating, different pick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A captivating history of heroic deceptions in WW2 September 7, 2014
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I have long been captivated by tales of the cryptologic and deceptive operations used to deceive the Nazis in WW2, especially Operation Mincemeat (which is recounted in incredible fashion in this book), but I had only read about them in bits and pieces rather than a full-length book. Terry Crowdy's book does a great job of chronicling the whole history of the Double Cross system by which the British intercepted and interrogated German spies, then threatened, cajoled, and enticed them into becoming double agents.

The web of relationships among the agents and their masters in Britain is, well, complex, and this can make the first half of the book a bit overwhelming at times; I had to frequently flip to the (very helpful) appendices of agent and operation codenames quite frequently. But the complexity of it all really helped me to appreciate the way that Britain's intelligence community played the "long game" and did the grinding, tedious, difficult work of recruiting and running double agents in order to use them for military advantage later.

Things really get exciting about 1/3 to 1/2 way through the book where deceptive operations helped the Allies achieve some spectacular successes, like Operation Torch (in North Africa) and especially the web of deceptive operations around the D-Day invasions.

My favorite parts of the book were the chapter about Operation Mincemeat (did I mention that I think this is one of the most brilliant and heroic operations in the history of civilization?) and the detailed and insightful tales of the operations and psyche of Garbo, the most celebrated double agent in WW2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cunning Plans Dogged by Human Error November 25, 2012
Here is one incredible story about World War II that doesn't get much publicity because it lacks the visible heroics, is enshrouded in mystery, and is built on a mixture of truth and apocrypha. In "Deceiving Hitler", Crowdy provides a very rich and informative account of how British intelligence (MI5) captured German spies and converted them into double agents who were tasked to convey strategically-arranged disinformation to the Nazis. Much of the first hundred pages of this book is taken up with describing how MI5 settled on this plan around the time of the Battle of Britain. Bletchley Park had just succeeded in breaking Enigma and was starting on a strategy to foil Operation Sealion, Hitler's master plan for defeating Britain. Many of the captured Abwehr operatives agreed to become the willing mediums through which some very intriguing deceptions were passed on to the enemy. This book is an honest attempt to evaluate the many intelligence plans that MI5 supervised as to how they unfolded, why they succeeded or failed, and what was their ultimate value in the overall war effort. Many of these subterfuges worked on the tenuous notion that information would flow between various parties if the minders, controllers and handlers were doing their jobs. More times than not, a snafu would occur because the bureaucrats back home either got their wires crossed or were upstaged by some senior minister in the war cabinet. Then there was the matter of trying to figure which side of the conflict your charge was really on: an agent, a double-agent, or a triple-agent? A lot of this excellent book was taken up with trying to untangle the labyrinth of lies that agents like Celery, Popov, Mutt and Jeff, Treasure, and Tate told to cover their tracks and stay alive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars God service. Good book. October 21, 2013
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Very interesting! Tells a lot of the "Operation Bodyguard". Good resurch, good writing. good condition.

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