Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre

Posted on February 15, 2015


Enter the world of the highest levels of England’s wartime secrecy during 1943.  The fate of the world truly hung in the balance as England assiduously and with stern will, fought off a menacing German attack.  Should England lose, and succumb to the Nazi advance, in all likelihood Adolf Hitler expands his leadership to all of Europe in its entirety, if not becoming world Führer.

Believe it or not, these were the true circumstances and everyday conditions of employment for Ewen Montagu, Charles Cholmondeley, and a cast of others as they set about to surreptitiously dupe their country’s and the free world’s way into victory of the greatest war ever fought.  One thing lost in the fantastic story, is that was not a story to those involved.  It was not a play or a book.  It was not something that they could escape or leave, take a vacation and pick back up on their own terms.  Their employment required them to conceive a plot that would allow the Allied forces out maneuver the Axis powers and launch the famous Normandy attack on D-Day.

Without giving too much of the plot away, though even after reading through the story one is still left in disbelief, MI5 devised a plan to drop a recently deceased, civilian body, dressed up in an Allied Force uniform, off the shores of Spain, in hopes of (again, ‘in the hopes of’ since nothing, absolutely nothing about this story could be absolutely guaranteed; such is spycraft!) the body being transported to Nazi handlers, that they correctly read into the red herrings planted onto the body, lead themselves into the trap of fortifying the defenses of their southern shores while the Allied Forces prepared for one of the most daring and bold assaults the world has ever known off the northern shores of Normandy, France.

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A truly remarkable story, a remarkable telling with great insight, depth and acumen at the hands of an expert.

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