RECEIVERS AND DECEIVERS

Operation Fortitude South was a secret campaign by the Allied forces to mislead Germany about plans for the invasion of Normandy. Radio operator Alan Gibson of the Royal Corps of Signals was just a teenager when he played a critical role in executing this grand D-Day deception, as James Hoare discovers

HEADS DOWN: CADETS TAKING THEIR TESTS TO JOIN THE ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS, APRIL 1934
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On D-Day, Alan Gibson took part in a deception on an international scale. As a radio operator with XXX Corps, he was part of Operation Fortitude South, the complex disinformation campaign designed to dupe the Germans into thinking that the target of the Allied offensive would be across the Straits of Dover rather than on the beaches of Normandy. It was an awesome responsibility for someone who was still in their teens.

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