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The Art of Deception

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The Art of Deception

All of the Canadians, I would say. That weren't going to be actually take part in the exact D-Day landing on the 6th, were all down on the coast of Dover. We used to drive around the coast there on the cliffs of Dover. And the Germans knew, well they could see across there on a clear day you could see France. You can see Calais. You can see the church steeples and all and they can see, of course they can see too. We'd drive around there and then they had a lot of, they built a lot of fake landing craft and tanks, fake landing tanks. Made out of, I don't know what they were made out of, rubber or plastic or cardboard or whatever. Apparently it worked because apparently the Germans figured that they were still going to land around Calais or Boulogne or one of those cities just across from the English Channel. He kept, apparently he kept a lot of his good troops up on, you know, guarding those ports there.

Mr. Bruce describes strategies used by the British to convince the Germans that an invasion would take place in the Calais area of France.

Robert Bruce

Robert Bruce was born on February 11, 1922 at Sturgeon Valley, Saskatchewan. He was the second youngest of eight children. After they were forced to sell their farm when his mother was widowed, the community built Mr. Bruce’s family a new house across from the local school. He left school at fourteen, didn’t qualify academically for the air force, and eventually joined the army, where he served as a truck driver. Mr. Bruce served in post D-Day Europe from France to Germany. After the war, he returned to Canada and worked on the railroad.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Robert Bruce
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Battle of Britain
Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
Truck Driver

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