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BENDECK, Whitney T. "A" Force : The Origins of British Deception During theSecond World War. Annapolis, Maryland : Naval Institute Press, (2013). Fir st Printing. Pp. (4),v-x,1-259,(3).8vo, white paper-covered spine with patterned red paper-covered boards, black lettering to spine. "In June 1940, the Italians declared war on the British in Africa. Out-numbered and unlikelyto receive sizable reinforcements of men or desperately needed supplies, i t is surprising that the British even survived. But necessity is the motherof all invention, so the British got creative. Under the leadership of Gen eral Archibald P. Wavell, the commander in chief of the Middle East, the British set out to greatly exaggerate the size of their forces, supply levels, and state of battle readiness. When their deceitful charades proved successful, Wavell turned trickery into a profession and created an entirely newagency dedicated to carrying out deception. '"A" Force' looks at how and w hy the British first employed deception in World War II. More specifically,it traces the development of the 'A' Force organization, formed in Cairo i n 1941, as the first British organization to practice both tactical and strategic deception in the field. While older studies have focused on the D day deception campaign and Britain's infamous double agents, this work explores the origins of such activities to reveal how the British became such masterful deceivers." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. The "Mighty" BritishEmpire during the Interwar Years; 2. Italy Joins the Game; 3. Clarke's Gra nd Debut: East Africa; 4. The Western Desert from January to July 1941; 5. Cruising Along during the Last Half of 1941; 6. The Great Allied Retreat: ARough Start to 1942; 7. Victory in the Desert: The Deception Blueprint Rev ealed. With conclusion, notes, bibliography, and index. Very good in crisp dustjacket. 35.00
Title: A Force : The Origins of British Deception During the Second World War. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2013, ISBN:9781612512334:
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