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Surprising 7: Secret operations in World War II

Masters of deception

Operation Fortitude was a secret scheme aimed at deceiving the Germans with regard to the exact location of the Allied invasion that was to take place in the summer of 1944. In the operation, physical deception ended up playing the most important role: With the help of theater experts, the Allies used inflatable tanks, wooden buildings, objects that resembled an airport from the air and from afar, as well as fake infrastructural developments, to confuse the enemy. The Allies practically deployed a brand new fake army in Kent country under the guise of the “First United States Army Group.”

The plan was a success, and the Germans ended up allocating considerable forces to the Calais area, where they waited in vain for the Allied attack, and, for a long time, believed that the Normandy landing was the actual ruse.

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