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1. Tony Zbaraschuk <email@example.com> 2. "Kuehn, John T Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 3. Corbin Williamson <corbinmwilliamson@GMAIL.COM> 4. David H Lippman <email@example.com> 5. Charles Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org> 6. Walter Boyne <email@example.com> -----Message from: Tony Zbaraschuk <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- > On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 09:45:27AM -0500, H-War Editor David > Silbey wrote: From: Frode Lindgjerdet <fr-lind@FRISURF.NO> I > am doing research for an article on famous wartime trickery, > from the ancient world to the present. What I am looking for > is not mundane camouflage, jamming of communications, use of > dummies etc. but rather the more spectacular ones in size, > fame, elaboration and consequence. The point is to show their > timelessness in contrast to other perspectives of war that > changes with development of technology. So far, I have noted > these ones: <snip list> I would recommend taking a look at David Glantz's _Soviet Military Deception_. The ability to, several times, misdirect the entire attention of the Germand high command into looking in the wrong place for the next Soviet offensive should certainly be considered, particularly in the summer of 1944. Tony Zbaraschuk La Sierra University Tony Zbaraschuk <email@example.com> -----Message from: "Kuehn, John T Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- There are numerous examples of very well done maskirovka by the Soviet Red Army against the Wehrmacht in World War II. I am surprised you did not included Austerlitz or Trafalgar, both which included substantial efforts at deception. Napoleon's abandonement of the Pratzen Heights and his feining weakeness on the left flank of his line is justly famous--it not only won him a battle but helped him successfully conclude the campaign. Nelson, almost simultaneously, kept his fleet out of sight in order to lull Villeneuve into a sense of enought security to leave Cadiz with the Combined Franco-Spanish fleet. Villeneuve bit the bait and once he realized Nelson was just over the horizon tried to escape, but too late. Nelson had even had his fleet turn and sail the opposite direction from Villeneuve in order to be in the correct position. What makes his trickery so fantastic was the level of technology involved--how little that is--all of it was done with very rudimentary command and control, decentralized, but superbly executed in every respect. There are many more (e.g. Frederick at Leuthen, Suvorov at Novi, Caesar at Pharsalus). but I will leave those to others. John T. Kuehn CDR USN (ret) Associate Professor of Military History CGSC Ft Leavenworth "Kuehn, John T Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <email@example.com> -----Message from: Corbin Williamson <corbinmwilliamson@GMAIL.COM>----- The Double Cross system of captured German spies in England in WWII was certainly elaborate and consequenial. Corbin Williamson Aspiring Grad Student Corbin Williamson <corbinmwilliamson@GMAIL.COM> -----Message from: David H Lippman <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- Get your hands on "Fortitude," by Roger Hesketh, "The Deceivers," by Thaddeus Holt, and "Masquerade," by Seymour Reit, for more on WW2 trickery. Good sources on "Black Radio" in WW2, which is also trickery, are "The Black Game," by Ellic Howe, and "Black Boomerang," by Sefton Delmer. All highly recommended. Best, David H. Lippman -----Message from: Charles Jackson <email@example.com>----- > From: Frode Lindgjerdet wrote: What I am looking for is not > mundane camouflage, jamming of communications, use of dummies > etc. but rather the more spectacular ones in size, fame, > elaboration and consequence. > > ================================ The British also get credit for the XX (double cross) system of turning German spies in the UK during WWII. Chuck Charles Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org> -----Message from: Walter Boyne <email@example.com>----- The Germans maintained a heavy air offensive against Great Britain in the months immediately prior to their invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, with the idea that it would divert attention from the massive build up in the East. It was switched off immediately of course when the invasion started. The British duped Rommel at El Alamein with diversionary tactics that masked the real deployment. There are probably a 1,000 similar instances out there over time. Walter Boyne Walter J. Boyne 20582 Rosewood Manor Square Ashburn, VA 20147 703 729 8687 703 475 8985 cell www.air-boyne.com Walter Boyne <firstname.lastname@example.org> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----