Major General Percy Hobart aka :"Hobo," was a British military engineer and commander of the 79th Armoured Division of the British Army during World War II. Hobart was responsible for many of the specialized armoured vehicles used in the invasion of Normandy. His penchant for unusual weapons systems, is reflected the general name of his masterpieces-"Hobert's Funnies."
James Rusbridger (1928-1994) started out like any other normal being, however, his later life was full of mystery and intrigue. Son of an Army Colonel, he eventually ended up in the naval design office of Vickers-Armstrong, a British Engineering conglomerate, that produced various military products.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill at Jones urging, ordered that an RAF aircraft, search for the Knickbein radio signals, on a frequency that Jones had predicted. The successful search, took place on June 21, 1940. With the information in hand, the British were able to build "jammers." These devices were able to manipulate or "bend," the Knickebein beams. The effects of the jammer's, caused German bombers to miss their assigned targets, scattering bomb loads all over the countryside, for months on end.
In 1939, R.V. Jones was the first scientist assigned to the Intelligence section of the Air Ministry. He quickly became the Assistant Director of Intelligence of Science. During the course of the war, R.V. Jones, was closely involved in the assessment of enemy technology and development of offensive and counter-measures technology. He is generally regarded as the "Father of S&T (Science and Technology)".
RAF Q-Site Folkingham is a village, located at the northern edge of South Kesteven, district of Lincolnshire, England. During World War II, the area was used as a Q-Site-which means it was a night-time decoy site. (The code-name Q-site, originates from the British Q-Ships, which were armed naval ships disguised as merchant ships).
Deceptions and Illusions The K-Sites were nothing more than fake British airfields meant to deceive the enemy. Folkingham was one such K-Site. It was equipped with 10 Fairy Battle decoy aircraft.
During the pre-war years, both sides of the pond, were welcomed into each others camps. At the outbreak of war, the Brits were certain, that the Germans had amassed vital information, that painted a picture of Britain’s major military establishments. Realizing there wasn't much they could do to hide the major facilities, the Brits decided to protect their smaller satellite stations.
The Art of Deception, is one part of the Art of War, as devised and written by the famous Chinese military general and strategist, Sun Tzu (722–481 BC). As he stated in his writings, all warfare is based on deception.
The Great Panjandrum, sounds like some famous magician, the likes of Houdini. It could even be an extraordinary magic trick, but it isn't. It's name, was chosen by it's inventor, aircraft engineer and author, Nevile Shute Norway. The Great Panjandrum, was based as a reference to Samuel Foote's famous nonsense paragraphs, such as; “till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots.”(Strange but true. The inventor was also an author, so go figure)!
James Bond, whose novelist was British Intelligence Agent, Ian Fleming, came up with a list of deception plans for World War 2.