Matt's Reviews > Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre
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Jul 26, 2011

it was amazing

In this entertaining look at the hidden world of WWII espionage, Macintyre profiles the bizarre case of a British soldier's dead body being recovered off the south coast of Spain. The soldier was carrying top secret information about the Allies' planned invasion of Sardis. What the German agents who found these documents didn't realize was that the body belonged to a Welsh drifter who had committed suicide months before and that the Allies really planned to invade Sicily. Operation Mincemeat is a fascinating account of how far the British went in their attempts to fool the Nazis and how their plan worked so well that Hitler even diverted troops from Sicily in order to fortify the location of the fictional invasion. With plenty of wit, Macintyre introduces us to an eccentric cast of characters whose endeavours ultimately led to one of the more interesting campaigns of the Second World War.

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