BMMHS Zoom Afternoon Talk: D Day Deception

The Intelligence, Deception & Communications for D Day

Speaker: Bill Steadman

BZT Afternoon 2nd March 2021

Tuesday 2nd March 2021; 2:00pm

The Intelligence, Deception & Communications for D Day

The talk will be about the intelligence picture prior to D-Day and the deception operations staged to protect the truth of Operation Overlord in June 1944.

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D-DAY - BRITISH FORCES DURING THE INVASION OF NORMANDY 6 JUNE 1944 (B 5246) Commandos of 47 (RM) Commando coming ashore from LCAs (Landing Craft Assault) on Jig Green beach, Gold area, 6 June 1944. LCTs can be seen in the background unloading priority vehicles for 231st Brigade, 50th Division. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:

During the Q & A we had a request for a reading list on this topic:-

Bill’s suggested reading list, not exhaustive but to get you started:-
Vanguard by Dr David Abrutat
Fortitude by Roger Hesketh
Int and Deception at D-Day by Jock Haswell
Double Cross by JC Masterman
Spy-Counter Spy by Dusko Popov (Agent Tricycle)
D-Day Deception by Mary Barbier
Agent ZigZag (the Eddie Chapman story) by Ben McIntyre (by way of contrast!)

About the Speaker - Bill Steadman

Bill entered the army as a boy soldier in 1975,  joining the Armoured Corps.  After 9 years he transferred to the Intelligence Corps, finally retiring in 2013 in the rank of Major.  He served in Northern Ireland, Germany, Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo and other places he is not allowed to mention!

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