Thursday, 5 June 2014

Writing - D-Day 70, decoys and deception

When we construct a story to entertain, baffle or even confuse our readers we introduce deceptions and decoys. The story of the Normandy landings, Operation Overlord, included such strategies to ensure success.

Operation Overlord

Seventy years ago Kent and Sussex were at the heart of a phoney war - a key element of the D-Day invasion.
The aim was to con German commanders into believing they would be attacked across the Dover Straits, and the plan was carried out using a highly secret and elaborate series of deceptions, hoaxes and decoys, known as Operation Fortitude.

Decoy tanks

Operation Quicksilver
The key element of Quicksilver was the creation in German minds that "First United States Army Group" (FUSAG) commanded by General George Patton supposedly would land in the Pas-de-Calais for the major invasion of Europe, after the landings in Normandy had lured the German defenders to that front.
Joan Pujol Garcia, known by the British code name Garbo and the German code name Arabel, was a double agent loyal to the Allies who played a crucial role in the deception by supplying Germany with detailed information from a network of non-existent sub-agents supporting the idea that the main invasion was to be in the Pas-de-Calais.

In a sense these deceptions are what make interesting stories even though the above were very much fact. The creation of such false leads showed a high level of creativity.

In fact the overall strategy was given the code name Operation Bodyguard and had the overall aim of convincing the Germans that the Allied invasion would take place from Dover and across toe the Pas de Calais. It was created by the London Controlling Section. This was a group established in 1941 with the specific intention of coordinating Allied military deception. The planning for D-Day deception actually began in 1943. The existence of this group wasn't revealed until 1969.

LCS was made up of seven people led by Lieutenant- Colonel John Bevan with the deception of the enemy as its main remit. He added double agents and code breaking.

Dennis Wheatley

In a situation where great creativity and imagination was required it is interesting that author Dennis Wheatley was a member of LCS. It just goes to show that those of us who write have a powerful, if slightly scary, skill set.


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