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The Difference on D-Day
on October 25, 2014
After reading numerous writings and biographies on WWII, I could never really understand why the Nazis kept their reserves entrenched at Pas de Calais instead of reinforcing its troops at Normandy. I understood that massive deception was involved, but it didn't seem to explain the magnitude of the blunder. The story of Garbo, though more incredible than the blunder itself, finally gives the backdrop and substance I was missing.
I recommend this book most highly to anyone curious about how the Allies succeeded at Normandy. I believe Garbo and his fellow agents were responsible for not only the delay of the German reserves, but the thin line between failure and success at D-Day. Failure would have cost hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides and a prolonged ending to the war.
Most believe that D-Day success was inevitable due to the sheer force of the invasion. This book explains just how close failure of the Allies loomed and how Garbo and his fellow agents made all the difference. Eisenhower said Garbo was worth an entire Division of troops. This is a huge understatement. This story makes clear that Garbo and the ruse to attack Pas de Calais were an entire Army that pinned down German reinforcements to Normandy.