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1. "Gordon Angus Mackinlay" <email@example.com> 2. Mike Yared <firstname.lastname@example.org> 3. email@example.com -----Message from: "Gordon Angus Mackinlay" <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- Ladies and Gentlemen, In regard to the "The Wall Street Journal Online has an interesting list of five "Books on British Military Deception" including the famous "Man Who Never Was." put up by Mr Grant. Whilst the text by Ewan Montague "The Man Who Never Was" is without a doubt a classic, and has a firm place on my bookshelves, the released this year : "Operation Mincemeat: the True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War Two" Ben Macintyre Bloomsbury, London, £16.99 A 400pp text, unfortunately with the current trend is a 'softcover' (read glorified paperback). It is however a superb piece of history, extremely well researched, and equally well put together. One of the many positive reviews on it, from London's, The Daily Telegraph : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/7214086/Operation-Mincemeat-the-True-Spy-Story-that-Changed-the-Course-of-World-War-Two-by-Ben-Macintyre-review.html which amplifies a previous one in the same broadsheet : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/7147974/Operation-Mincemeat-by-Ben-Macintyre-review.html I took it out bush with me on my latest sojourn, and I must say that it really "held me". It follows on from the articles and correspondence in the British high quality publication 'After The Battle' over the past thirty years. Some of its photos taken from these articles. It had a fair amount of controversy in January, resulting in some red faces with the Royal Navy hierarchy, see again The Daily Telegraph : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/world-war-2/6923826/Historian-claims-to-have-finally-identified-wartime-Man-Who-Never-Was.html When the book (and before in response to a article in the After The Battle) recorded in the reference came out, "The Secrets of HMS Dasher" which claimed that the body used had been illegally obtained after the escort carrier HMS Dasher had blown up in Scottish coastal waters in 1943. A number of pathologists had written that such a body would even if on the surface had been undamaged, internally, there would have been residue from the explosion, and immersion in highly contaminated (fuel oil, and aviation spirit) sea water. This would have been easily picked up in a post mortem conducted in Spain. Surprising though, this book makes no mention (or I missed it?) of a incident recorded in : BREUER W.B. Operation Torch. St Martins Press, New York, 1985. JONES G. Attacker. William Kimber, London, 1980. ROSKILL S.W. The War At Sea. Volume II, HMSO. The following taken from : BENADY Tito. The Royal Navy at Gibraltar. Maritime Books, Liskeard, Cornwall, and Gibraltar Books LTD, Grendon, Northants, 1992. Chapter XIV 'Convoys and TORCH', p.208 : "The date of the multiple invasion of the coasts of Algeria and Morocco was fixed for the end of October but was later set back. On 25 September the Catalina in which a courier was travelling, bearing full details of the operation for General MacFarlane, was attacked by German aircraft and forced into the sea before it could reach Gibraltar. Some hours later the body of the courier was washed ashore at Cadiz, still clutching a sealed container with the plans. The body was returned with the package unopened but there was concern that it might have been tampered with and a copy handed to the Germans; the date for the invasion in the document was 4 November. However it was decided to continue with the operation as planned although for other reasons the date was altered to 8 November. Surprisingly, the Germans were not informed of the details of the plans." Whilst no mention is made of this in any of the texts relating to Operation MINCEMEAT, it is constantly stressed that the area into which the decoy was dropped was covered by a very efficient German intelligence officer ! A interesting aspect to the story. Yours, G.A.MACKINLAY "Gordon Angus Mackinlay" <email@example.com> -----Message from: Mike Yared <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- Here in the U.S., the Normandy Invasion and the invasion of Sicily. Sources: Air University Library Publications, DECEPTION IN WARFARE, January 1996 at http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/bibs/decwar/dwsov.htm WORLD WAR II Europe: D-Day Deception Operations and Deception Generallyhttp://intellit.muskingum.edu/wwii_folder/wwiieurope_folder/wwiieurddaytoc.html Second world War Deception. Lessons Learned for Today's Joint Planner at http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/wright/wf05.pdf Soviet Deception Operations in World War II. United States. Army. Center of Miltary History. Analysis of Soviet deception operations during World War II with emphasis on Operation URANUS in November 1942 and Operation BAGRATION in June 1944. Discussion of the planning process, technical means employed, and the degree of success in preventing the Germans from discerning the main Soviet effort in time to take countermeasures. Based on published sources, including recent Soviet accounts of deception. Mike Yaredmike_yared@hotmail.com Mike Yared <email@example.com> -----Message from: firstname.lastname@example.org----- Well, it is nowhere as chatty as "The Man Who Never Was," but the definitive book, in my view, at least, on Anglo-American deception during World War II is Thaddeus Holt's "The Deceivers." Just don't drop it on your foot. Of course--if you've been reading the David Irving thread--Holt makes use of some of Irving's works and thanks him, too! --Mark Stout Johns Hopkins University email@example.com ----- 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 -----