I can't resist quoting from the review (quoting from the book):
I've got to read this book!
There is much to savor, as in this anecdote (which the author admits "seems almost too good to be true") about an incident during the Battle of Britain: During one of the nightly Luftwaffe attacks, an urgent call went out from a British camoufleur in charge of an elaborate fake airfield, complete with dummy planes, to an RAF fighter pilot.
Camoufleur: "Sir! We're being attacked!"
Pilot: "Splendid, Sergeant. Good show."
Camoufleur: "They're smashing the place to bits!"
Pilot: "Yes, excellent. Carry on."
Camoufleur: "But, sir—we need fighter cover! They're wrecking my best decoys."