Operation Rayon

Operation Rayon was a Allied deception operation in the Mediterranean Theatre during World War II.[1] The operation called for Allied forces to mislead the Wehrmacht into believing that the Allies were going to attack the island of Crete. Operation Rayon was successful in its aims and forced the Germans to divert forces from other fronts to defend Crete and Occupied Greece.[2] The operation was planned and implemented by Advanced Headquarters 'A' Force.

Operation Rayon
Part of World War II
"WETBOB" dummy landing craft such as those deployed during Operation Rayon
Operational scopeStrategic
Planned1942
Planned byAdvanced Headquarters 'A' Force
ObjectiveForce Germany to reinforce Crete
OutcomeSuccess in keeping a large German garrison in Greece and on Crete

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