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Art of Deception: Selling a Story to the German Army

Students will examine primary sources related to some of the Allied plans to deceive the German Army as to the time and location of the invasion of northern Europe. What techniques of deception were used? What role does deception play in military strategy? What can these deceptions tell us about how the German military viewed the Allies?

Students will take on the role of documentary filmmaker and develop a plan for a short video promotion for a film on Allied military deceptions during World War II. Students will review the Eisenhower E-Memorial film “How Did the Allies Keep D-Day a Secret?” and note what that film chose to emphasize concerning Allied deceptions as they plan their own film. Students will select a particular primary source they would like to highlight in their preview and justify their choice.

“The essence of leadership is to get others to do something because they think you want it done and because they know it is worth while doing.”

Dwight Eisenhower

Remarks at the Republican Campaign Picnic, President’s Gettysburg Farm, September 12, 1956