Hoodwinking Hitler: The Normandy Deception

Hoodwinking Hitler: The Normandy Deception

Hoodwinking Hitler: The Normandy Deception

Hoodwinking Hitler: The Normandy Deception


Hoodwinking Hitler is a you-are-there, action-packed account of the intricate deception plans and operations that misled German intelligence professionals--and Adolf Hitler--about the timing and locale of the June 1944 Normandy invasion of Fortress Europe. Every facet of the monumental deception plan is treated in depth; diplomacy, electronic codes and code-breaking, intelligence, counter-intelligence, double agents, the French underground, camouflage, strategic feints, global whispering campaigns, and tactical sacrifices. The success of the Allies in this campaign of deception led to victory in one of the most successful military campaigns in history.


An icy wind was blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean across Hampton Roads, Virginia, as a black Cadillac limousine, its blinds pulled to conceal the passenger in the rear seat, edged along the dock and came to a halt beside the new battleship USS Iowa. Two husky Secret Service men lifted President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the vehicle and carried him up the gangplank and into the cavernous bowels of the 45,000-ton vessel, America's most modern and speediest. It was the evening of November 12, 1943.

Inside his wardroom, the 61-year-old Roosevelt, who had been crippled by polio at age 39, let out a sigh of relief as he eased the straps holding a 15-pound metal brace to each leg.

Roosevelt, who had served as assistant secretary of the Navy in World War I, shared the sailor's superstition that Friday is an unlucky day on which to start a long voyage. So the huge Iowa remained at her berth that night and did not shove off until 12:01 A.M., Saturday, November 13. Roosevelt had no qualms about the number "13" being an ill omen.

Also on board were silver-thatched General George C. Marshall, the Army chief of staff; Admiral Ernest J. King, the chief of naval operations; General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, commander of the Army Air Corps; Admiral William D. Leahy, chief of staff to the president; Lieutenant General Brehon Somervell, chief of the Army Services of Supply; and 51 subordinate staff officers, aides, analysts, and figure-filberts.

President Roosevelt and his entourage were bound for Oran, a port in North Africa, on the first leg of one of the most crucial meetings of World War II, a summit of the Grand Alliance (the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union) at Teheran, Iran. The Big Three were Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili (known to the world as Joseph Stalin).

Code-named Eureka, the Teheran conference promised to be both a showdown . . .

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