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    Colin Dobinson(Author)

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During World War II, a secret department was formed within Britain's Air Ministry. It co-ordinated a strategy to defeat German bombing using deception. With the help of leading technicians from the film industry, ingeniously designed decoy towns, airfields and military bases were built throughout the UK. This work presents a detailed study of these bombing decoys, both at war - through their design, patterning and operations - and at peace - through their fragmentory survival as enigmatic features of the modern landscape. The book has been compiled in support of English Heritage's initiatives to study and preserve Britain's wartime remains.

Colin Dobinson was born in 1960 in East Sussex and studied archaeology at York and Cambridge. Fields of Deception is the result of his work for English Heritage in their Monuments Protection Programme. His other books include AA Command: Britain's Anti-Aircraft Defences of the Second World War and Building Radar: Forging Britain's Early-Warning Chain 1935-1945. He lives near Leyburn in North Yorkshire. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Colin Dobinson(Author)
  • Methuen Publishing Ltd; Revised ed. edition (7 Sept. 2000)
  • English
  • 2
  • History

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  • By AS BUNTING on 21 September 2011

    A lot of research genuinely exposed for the first time in this book. The author covers the appointment of Colonel Turner, from retirement, to oversee the development of K and Q decoy airfields ( day and night respectively ) and documents how his organisation by default became responsible for a whole host of other decoys. These included Starfish, the extensive array of city fire decoys which were born by accident on a Saturday afternoon!The narrative is well-written and the author makes a couple of asides to address questions such as the fore-knowledge of the Coventry raid.The narrative encompasses 200 or so pages, followed by a few plates of surviving decoys in their current state and then a huge gazetteer of known decoy sites. Illustrated with many line drawings.I would liked to have known a little more about the operation of the decoy sites, beyond their bomb "catching" rates, rather than the author's archaeological outlook on them as artificial constructions, but I couldn't bring myself to knock any stars off the rating as the author has filled an important gap in the record with an excellent book

  • By PETER E HAMLIN on 22 October 2015

    I bought this book for my grandson. I have had my copy for years and it is the 'bible' on this niche subject. It provides an easy to read history of the need to have decoys emulating airfields and vital installations, the technical aspects and a gazetteer of the locations. Adequately illustrated with photographs and diagrams.

  • By Carson on 2 August 2013

    The bible for decoys.There are a surprising number of decoys around Britain and most of them l have the control bunker stillsurviving.A part of our Second World War history which is often overlooked.

  • By S on 8 January 2014

    Good description of decoys during WW2. Interested because there is a "Starfish" site on Rainham Marshes which was bombed during the war killing some AA gunners.

  • By DAVID BLACK on 2 February 2015

    A very well researched and detailed book, but a bit heavy going in places.


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