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The Miracle of Normandy (Kindle Single) by [Gerlis, Alex]
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  • Print Length: 53 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KB2JO7M
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A concise and easy to read account of the time and extent of planning and misdirection leading up to the Allied landings on 6th June 1944.
Shows there were as many backroom people involved as there were up front military personnel.
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It works well in Kindle format, quite short but very interesting - it's pushed me to look at the other Normandy landing books, the Mulberry Harbour (not in Kindle) - Bought, PLUTO, can't find at a reasonable price yet. I recommend this book on the stealth technology of the day
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A neglected story that was waiting to be told about an aspect of warfare which because of its secrecy has, out of necessity perhaps, been almost forgotten about. It was, however, instrumental in enabling the invasion of France to be more effective than it might otherwise have been and, in so doing, changed the path of World War 2 and of history.

Alex Gerlis highlights not only the 'deception' that was taking place in the South of England, but that which was taking place in Scotland as well, an aspect that might have been relegated as a mere sideline but which, nonetheless, for as long as it lasted, was also important.

I was surprised how much double agents were involved - a 'spy thriller', if there was one, yet true!

It raises all sorts of 'ethical' issues concerning deception - 'official lies' and 'misinformation' to put it bluntly - which makes one wary of government pronouncements in times of war, yet, sadly, a necessity in the scenario of war, and particularly so in World War 2. 'Situational ethics' may not be popular with 'purists' but is, as this short book illustrates, a lesser 'evil' and, at times, it might be debated, actually a 'good'. (Now there's a subject for Philosophy in the Pub'!)

The book tended to be a little repetitive in parts - hence only 4 stars - but is a worthwhile read, both as an historical account and, if one wants to look at this way, a good 'yarn' as well.

I recommend it.
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I bought this book by accident it's not what I usually read but once I got started I found it hard to put down, it's a short book packed with interesting facts, I recommend you read it, you won't be dissappointed .
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I bought this book after reading The Best of Our Spies, also by Alex Gerlis. As I was so intrigued by the Normandy Deception as outlined in the fictional book that I needed to know what was fact and what was fiction. The Miracle of Normandy does an excellent job describing the true story of the Normandy Deception and it consequences. I would recommend reading it, if you want to read both then read The Best of our Spies first. My one quibble was the factual story was very well described but the ideas behind fictional parts of the story could be have been included in some more detail
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This is an excellent book for those who are interested in history. It is also a very good read for anyone who is researching the history of WW11. The way the Germans were fooled in the war effort makes interesting reading and helps us to understand the importance of propaganda. Highly recommended and well worth the reding.
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A brief narrative of the deception plan to cover the invasion. Regurgitates a lot of stuff that has already been published elsewhere.
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Having read extensively about the Normandy episode I found almost the entirety of this slim book to be already part of my knowledge. Nonetheless it's quite interesting to have it all in one compact, short volume.
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