Post by pip2 on Dec 23, 2019 15:48:08 GMT
Operation Titanic - nothing to do with the ship! - was part of the deception which took place to make the Germans beleive that the D-day invasion would take place in the Pas-de-Calais region of France rather than Nomandy. 400 'dummies' made out of hessian and 6 SAS troopers parachuted out of a modified Halifax bomber just inland from Calais on the night of 5-6th June 1944. The SAS men carried amplifiers and loud speakers broadcasting sounds of battle. The 'dummies' known as Gingerbread Men had firecrackers which sounded like machene gun fire.
This operation was part of a much more elaborate operation called Bodyguard. The objectives of Operation Bodyguard was to deceive the Germans about the timing, strength and place of the Allied invasion in France. It had three main goals; to make the Pas-de-Calais appear to be the main invasion target, to disguise the actual date and time of the assault and to keep German reinforcements in Pas-de-Calais for at least 14 days after landing. As a result of Operation Titanic, German reserves were mobilised to the Pas-de-Calais region for a lot longer than the 14 days that had been hoped for. In fact it was nearly seven weeks before Hitler diverted troops from the Pas-de-Calais region to Normandy by which time the Allied forces had a very strong foothold.
The Gingerbread Men of Operation Titanic played an important part in the deception to make the Germans beleive the invasion was taking place far from the actual D-day landings and thus keeping German troops away from the main event!
See if you can find a Gingerbread Man in the museum.