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Essay On Espionage In World War II

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" If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not your enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle" (Sun Tzu). Espionage is the secret gathering of information on rival countries for military purposes. However, espionage in other countries is considered illegal: Even though it gains valuable information that could protect our country. Although many spies got caught and was sentence to life in jail or death, the espionage in World War II was effective because it gave information about the enemies and what there next move was going to be. Espionage in World War II had three major components which were code breaking, traditional spying, and deception operations. On July 3-7, 1942, United states and the Empire…show more content…
Deception means something that deceives or is intended to deceive; fraud; artifice. One great deception plan that led the victory of D-day was the Operation of Bodyguard. Operation Bodyguard was a deception plan made by the Allies to mislead the German high commander about the time and place of the invasion (Kagan 13.) The plan was a success in keeping the German 15 Army at Calais; also, it let the landings in Normandy take Germany by surprise on D-day (Kagan 268.) Shortly after the Allies ( America and British) paratroopers began to land in Normandy, dummy paratroopers were dropped from the aircraft. The dummies were made out of burlap, straw, and armed fireworks that was simulated with gunfire. It made the Germans think that the dummies were the soldiers and it mislead the German commanders into moving the troops away from the real landing zones (Kagan 14.) The plan was a huge success which made Britain move back to Berlin. Without the use of deception, the plan would have probably never
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