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Seaborne Deception The History of U. S. Navy Beach Jumpers

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ISBN-10: 027593800X

ISBN-13: 9780275938000

Edition: 1992

Authors: John B. Dwyer

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This book is the history of the highly trained officers and men who went by the cover name "Beach Jumpers." Their top-secret mission was to create and sustain the illusion that a military landing was imminent at Beach "A" when in fact U.S./allied troops would hit the beaches 100 miles away at Beach "X". During World War II, their tactics were extremely successful in Sicily, Salerno, Southern France, and the Philippines. Beach Jumpers later served ashore and afloat in Vietnam. Their descendants, called "Fleet Tactical Deception Groups," continue their important, highly classified work today. This work details the development, major operations, "weapons," and leaders of this deception group. The Beach Jumpers began as a naval task group under the direct control of the fleet commander. The group consisted of specialists, officers, and men, trained to conduct tactical cover and deception missions, to include radio and radar countermeasures. The program was initiated by Douglas E. Fairbanks, Jr., the movie actor and son of the silent-screen star, who had studied at the HMS Tormentor Advanced Training and Amphibious Operations Base then at the Commando Training School, Ancharry Castle, Scotland. Dwyer's account follows the Beach Jumpers through training at Camp Bradford and Ocracoke and their first mission, Operation Husky, during the invasion of Sicily. Accounts are given of the invasion of Salerno and of operations on a number of Mediterranean islands. In addition, Dwyer recounts the exploits of the Beach Jumpers in the Pacific theater of operations. Part II traces the exploits of the Beach Jumpers and their descendants in Vietnam and during the post-Vietnam era. The volume includes maps, photos, and a diagram.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 5/20/1992
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Making the Road Beginning the Walk Why This Approach?
Structure of the Book Contents of the Book
Guide to the Book
Map of the Book Journal Writing Concept Mapping
First Journeyndash;Who am I?
Being Educated
Learning
Values and Perspectives
Telling Your Story
Second Journeyndash;From Information to Knowledge
InternalInfluences: How Do I Know Anything?
External Influences:What IS Real?
What Is True?
How Does Information Become Knowledge?
Third Journeyndash;The Process of Research
Understanding Scholarly Conversations
I Wonder If...Doing Research
Fourth Journeyndash;Expanding the Road
Reaching Out: Beyond the Classroom
Reaching In: Reflection
Index
Preface
The Actor and the Admirals
The Countermeasures Program
The Sounds of Deception Beach Jumper Training
Camp Bradford and Ocracoke First Assignment: Operation HUSKY Island Diversions and Special Operations Beach Jumpers in the MTO
Act Two Adriatic Interlude Ringing Down the Curtain in the MTO
The RCM Picture in the Pacific Tayabas Bay Finale Beach Jumpers Redux Practicing to Deceive Electronic Warriors Ashore and Afloat in Vietnam Naval Cover and Deception in the Post-Vietnam Era
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Index