Operation Mincemeat

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Crown/Archetype, May 4, 2010 - History - 320 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF A SPY AMONG FRIENDS

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. They 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.


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User Review  - AliceaP - LibraryThing

Reading Operation Mincemeat has just convinced me that there are 1. Many more spy novels out there that I have yet to read (example: Ian Fleming) and 2. My obsession with World War II is completely ... Read full review

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This is an amazing true story of the elaborate hoax on how the British forces tricked the Germans in 1943 The use the body of a Welsh tramp and pretend he is an officer in the Royal Marines. Well ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
3
Target Sicily
75
The Butterfly Collector
94
My Dear Alex
111
TableTennis Traitor
129
The Spy Who Baked Cakes
156
Bills Farewell
182
Spanish Trails
207
Mincemeat Digested
233
Hitler Loses Sleep
249
Seraph and Husky
263
A Nice Cup of Tea
276
Mincemeat Revealed
297
POSTSCRIPT TO THE PAPERBACK EDITION
327
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
349
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
397

Kühlenthals Coup
220

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About the author (2010)

BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among FriendsDouble CrossOperation Mincemeat, and Agent Zigzag, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.


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