Deathly Deception

Deathly Deception

The Real Story of Operation Mincemeat

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Baker & Taylor
Provides details on Operation Mincemeat, an incredible plot to mislead the German High Command about the Allies' impending Mediterranean invasion.

Blackwell Publishing
A gripping new account of the audacious World War Two intelligence plan to mislead Hitler and his Generals that opened. the way for the Allied invasion of Southern Europe in the summer of 1943. Described by Hugh Trevor-Roper as 'the most spectacular single episode in the history of deception' and immortalized in the classic film The Man Who Never Was, the story of Operation Mincemeat is both fascinating history and thrilling spy story in one.

In the summer of 1943, a brilliant and meticulous act of military deception was carried out, wrong-footing the Axis powers, and opening the way for the successful Allied invasion of Southern Europe. Operation Mincemeat was, in the words of Hugh Trevor-Roper, 'the most spectacular single episode in the history of deception'. Now, drawing on a wealth of recently available documents, Denis Smyth presents a gripping new account of these events.

The challenge facing the British deceivers was how to persuade the German High Command that the Allies were about to attack Greece, rather than Sicily. To achieve this, they adopted the macabre plan of equipping a dead body with a new military identity as a Royal Marine Major, a new private personality as the fiance of an attractive young woman called Pam, and a government briefcase containing forged documents. They planted the corpse in Spanish coastal waters via a stealthy submarine operation, and carefully monitored how the Nazi intelligence services and the German High Command proceeded to 'swallow Mincemeat whole'.

The result, was a stunning success. The German deployment of their forces to meet the feared Anglo-American threat to Greece materially contributed to the Allied victory in Sicily which, in its turn, drove Mussolini from power in Italy and inflicted irreparable damage on the German war effort.

Oxford University Press
In the pre-dawn darkness of April 30, 1943, a body disguised as a Royal Marine Major washed ashore on the coast of Spain, carrying false documents indicating that the Allies were set to launch an attack on Greece, rather than Sicily. Immortalized in the film The Man Who Never Was, Operation Mincemeat is renowned as the most spectacular episode in the annals of deception. In this accurate and in-depth retelling of the story, Denis Smyth draws on a vast collection of previously unavailable documentary sources to provide many key details overlooked in other accounts of Mincemeat. He reveals how the architects of the plan navigated a maze of medical, technical, and logistical issues to deceive the enemy at the highest strategic levels. Before planting the corpse in the Spanish coastal waters via a stealthy submarine operation, the planners not only gave their dead messenger a new military identity, but also a private one--as the fiancé of an attractive young woman named "Pam." Nazi intelligence was fooled, falling for a ruse which ultimately saved thousands of American lives.

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780199233984
Branch Call Number: 940.54864 SMY
Characteristics: xx, 367 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.


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