Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat

How A Dead Man and A Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured An Allied Victory

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Ben Macintyre’s Agent Zigzag was hailed as “rollicking, spellbinding” (New York Times), “wildly improbable but entirely true” (Entertainment Weekly), and, quite simply, “the best book ever written” (Boston Globe). In his new book, Operation Mincemeat, he tells an extraordinary story that will delight his legions of fans.

In 1943, from a windowless basement office in London, two brilliant intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple and complicated— Operation Mincemeat. The purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.
 
Charles Cholmondeley of MI5 and the British naval intelligence officer Ewen Montagu could not have been more different. Cholmondeley was a dreamer seeking adventure. Montagu was an aristocratic, detail-oriented barrister. But together they were the perfect team and created an ingenious plan: Get a corpse, equip it with secret (but false and misleading) papers concerning the invasion, then drop it off the coast of Spain where German spies would, they hoped, take the bait. The idea was approved by British intelligence officials, including Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond). Winston Churchill believed it might ring true to the Axis and help bring victory to the Allies.

Filled with spies, double agents, rogues, fearless heroes, and one very important corpse, the story of Operation Mincemeat reads like an international thriller.

Unveiling never-before-released material, Ben Macintyre brings the reader right into the minds of intelligence officers, their moles and spies, and the German Abwehr agents who suffered the “twin frailties of wishfulness and yesmanship.” He weaves together the eccentric personalities of Cholmondeley and Montagu and their near-impossible feats into a riveting adventure that not only saved thousands of lives but paved the way for a pivotal battle in Sicily and, ultimately, Allied success in the war.

Baker & Taylor
Chronicles World War II's pivotal deception by two British naval officers who successfully fed false intelligence to the Nazis about where Allied forces were planning an attack in southern Europe.

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In 1943 a body washed ashore off the coast of Spain carrying falsified intelligence documents designed to convince the Germans that Allied forces planned to invade Greece and Sardinia rather than Sicily. The successful execution of this clever ruse, code named "Operation Mincemeat," is the subject of this entertaining nonfiction spy thriller. Macintyre, a British author and writer for the London Times, used recently declassified military documents as well as top secret materials kept by the family of Ewen Montagu, the British intelligence officer who along with his colleague Charles Cholmondeley concocted the plan, to construct a compelling narrative. Readers interested in World War II history or military intelligence, and fans of spy novels will appreciate this volume. A section of black and white photographs and an appendix containing photocopied documents is included. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Chronicles World War II's pivotal deception by two British naval officers who successfully fed false intelligence to the Nazis about where Allied forces were planning an attack in southern Europe. By the author of Agent Zigzag.
From the acclaimed author of "Agent Zigzag" comes an extraordinary account of the most successful deception--and certainly the strangest--ever carried out in World War II, one that changed the prospects for an Allied victory. The purpose of the plan--code named Operation Mincemeat--was to deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.

Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307453273
0307453278
9780307453280
Branch Call Number: 940.5486 MAC
Characteristics: x, 400 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,25 cm.

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pierce_b
Jun 03, 2017

Possibly the most important spy plan to deceive the Nazi's which worked. Very good reading
and a must read for those interested in WW2.

Hitler pulled aside divisions of soldiers and Panzers to a ghost front which aided the allies vastly. Because of this ruse being successful many soldiers did not die and it helped all fronts particularly the Russian front helped the cause of driving towards berlin and ending the war.

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stewstealth
Jun 01, 2016

An interesting story on the successful attempt to divert the Nazi`s expectations on an invasion of Sicily to Greece and Sardinia through false papers on a dead body floated ashore to neutral Spain by submarine. The book contains many characters and reads like a spy novel. Well worth it if you are interested.

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rpavlacic
Nov 25, 2015

This book is graphic in some respects, but it is an excellent accounting of "The Man Who Never Was" (and who that man actually was) as well as how one of the craziest schemes of WW2 led to one of the Allies' most outstanding victories. I couldn't put it down.

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DougKJohnson
May 12, 2014

I picked this up after reading Macintyre's new Philby book. It's just as good. Like the previous poster, I had a hard time putting it down...

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brigpa1
Sep 29, 2013

I loved this book and read it twice. I agree that seeing the 1956 movie THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS first is a good idea. It gives you the basic plot without all the details in this book.

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catslib
Aug 28, 2013

I liked this author's other book "Double Cross" better. This one had too many gory details about the dead guy they used and how his appearance was deteriorating. Do not read while eating! I agree with the "Agent13" comment below about padding though. Nonetheless, the story had some interesting background of the SOE.

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tocch101
Jul 09, 2013

A good read, and an aspect of WWII history not usually covered. I'm interested to read further books by this author.

ChristchurchLib Dec 18, 2012

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uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2012

Journalism. Extremely disappointing. Everything is told on the inside flap. No need to read the book.

Agent13 Jun 02, 2012

An intriguing WWII story is marred by the author's repetition of the facts (indicating padding) in this reader's opinion.

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Janice21383
May 02, 2012

What on earth was the blighter thinking of? A chap might go in disguise, if needed, but a brasierre?

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Janice21383
May 02, 2012

All Hillgarth wanted was a nod of approval, and a bomb.

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Janice21383
May 02, 2012

The Abwehr promised him an amphibious car.

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