The true story of the greatest deception of WW2: one which helped change the course of the war itself.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Col. Strangeways
Howard Attfield ...
Col. Turner
Grant Burgin ...
Sergeant Granger
Major Barkus
Coral Beed ...
Lady Elizabeth Clemens
Peter Pacey ...
Dennis Wheatley
Nigel Williams ...
Brigadier Boyson
Major T.A. Robertson
Peter Wickham ...
General Mansfield
Matt Canavan ...
Private Williams
Kieron Jecchinis ...
Vicar (as Kieron Jecchins)
Jeff Harding ...
General Stimson
Col. Bevan
Richard Cotton ...
Douglas Fairbanks Junior (as Richard Wills-Cotton)
Daniel Hart ...
Corporal Collins


This film tells the true story of how a bunch of writers, artists, set designers and back room technicians pooled their talents in order to outwit the German High Command and fool Hitler. Espionage, counter espionage, decoy airfields, inflatable tanks, guns and soldiers are all deployed in the run up to D Day to create a massive diversion and the strongest possible indication that the landings will be in Calais rather than Normandy. A whole invisible army is conjured up: FUSAG the First US Army Group. General Patton is placed in charge of this army, such is its importance he is detained in Britain for several weeks after the Normandy landing in order to (successfully) convince Hitler that a second and larger set of landings will be staged in Calais. A true story. Written by Philip Smith

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The true story of the greatest deception of world War Two


History | War






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24 October 2004 (UK)  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the film studio Col. Strangeways is introduced to a serviceman who stands up and salutes him. The man is not wearing headgear. British serviceman only ever salute when wearing headgear. See more »

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Ambitious and pretty much delivers on all fronts
17 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I saw this film I wasn't quite sure what to expect. There have been so many films made about the Second World War that it seemed there was little else to add. I'm pleased to say I was surprised and that I found myself both rooting for the characters and learning about a vital and overlooked aspect of the war.

The cast, especially Jason Durr and Richard Lintern seemed to manage that tricky balancing act of combining humour and seriousness with particular aplomb.

The film also had a definite visual style. I'm sure that there were stiff budget contraints to get such an epic tale on television but as the action mounts they are not visible. Recommended.

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