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German General Staff Deception, World War Two
German General Staff Deception
Top Secret Project Number 29
© 2006
115 pages; 11 chapters
Since World War Two, many books have been written praising the German General
and its accomplishments. An in-depth examination of those volumes reveals only
fluff and lack of circumstance. Few books offer
real insight into how the German
General Staff thought
. German General Staff Deception offers an indirect
appraisal of German General Staff officer’s mindsets by providing a book that
describes the
German General Staff’s deception operations through the eyes of
the generals and staff officers who concocted it. The reader is thus privy to precise
examples of how German General Staff officers thought and how they grappled
with the complex art of deception
during World War Two. The German General Staff
invented systematic deception
in World War One. In World War Two, the corrupt
German General Staff of that era skewed the applications of Deception Art by their
own strange mixtures of obtuse arrogance and biased conventionalism.
General Staff Deception
provides an aperture, a small doorway into their minds.
Review Table of Contents
“The last major German deception of this war covers the strategic deception operations ordered by the Wehrmacht
High Command (OFW) before the beginning of the so-called 'Battle of the Ardennes' in the winter of 1944. The purpose
of the deception was to conceal from the enemy the preparation of strong German forces for an offensive to be carried
out from the Eifel Mountains between Konschau and Trier in the direction of the Maas. Here, therefore, it was not a case
of "simulating" something which did not exist, but rather, conversely, of screening something which did exist, that is to
say, of making some other purpose appear credible. The deception was organized and carried out solely on a military
basis. The operation had to be kept secret from everybody. What was primarily necessary was to conceal the presence
of the 5th and 6th Panzer Armies, i.e., units which were definitely attack troops. The divisions of the 5th Panzer Army
were kept far back and widely separated in the rear of the zone of operations on both banks and north of the Mozel.”
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