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FOREWORD

by
General the Rt. Hon. Lord Ismay,
G.C.B., C.H., D.S.O.
Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and, from I94o to 1946, Chief of Staff to Mr. Winston Churchill, the Minister of Defence.
T O mystify and mislead the enemy has always been one of the cardinal principles of war. Consequently, ruses de guerre of one kind or another have played a part in almost every campaign ever since the episode of the Trojan horse, or perhaps even earlier.
The game has been played for so long that it is not easy to think out new methods of disguising one's strength or one's intentions. Moreover, meticulous care must be exercised in the planning and execution of these schemes. Otherwise, so far from deceiving the enemy, they merely give the show away.
The Allies decided that their next step, after the battle for Tunisia, should be the invasion of Italy through Sicily. We felt sure-one always does on these occasions-that this was such an obvious corollary to the North African campaign, that the enemy would expect it and concentrate to meet it. What could be done to put them off the scent?
I so well remember how I was brought, one evening, the outlines of a cover plan which was ultimately

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