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The 2nd Airborne Division was a British Army deception unit of World War II. It comprised a small amount of personnel and equipment, especially radio communications, which aimed to mimic the activities of a real, 10,000 strong plus, division.

Its initial dummy formations were the 11th & 12th Parachute Brigades and 13th Airlanding Brigade. It was 'based' in Lincolnshire and used as a deception division leading up to D-Day with Fourth Army of First U.S. Army Group, and then again for the proposed operation around Kiel-Bremen when Operation Market Garden was under way. The division was disbanded in December 1944, as its troops provided replacements for the 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions. [1]


  1. ^ Holt, The Deceivers



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