Deathly Deception: The Real Story of Operation Mincemeat

Paperback | August 8, 2011

byDenis Smyth

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Operation Mincemeat retells the story of the classic World War Two intelligence plan to pass misleading strategic information to Hitler and his Generals that was immortalized in the 1956 Hollywood film The Man Who Never Was. Drawing on a wealth of recently available documentation, Denis Smyth shows how British deceptioneers solved a multitude of medical, technical, and logistical problems to implement their deceptive design. The aim of their covert plan was to persuade the German High Command that the Allies were goingto attack Greece, rather than Sicily in the summer of 1943. To achieve this, they equipped 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 named "Pam", and a government briefcase containing deceptive documents.They then planted the corpse in south-western Spanish coastal waters via a stealthy submarine operation, and carefully monitored (through their codebreakers and spies) how the Nazi intelligence services and their warlords proceeded to "swallow Mincemeat whole". The result was a stunning success. The German mis-deployment of their forces to meet the notional 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 wareffort.

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Operation Mincemeat retells the story of the classic World War Two intelligence plan to pass misleading strategic information to Hitler and his Generals that was immortalized in the 1956 Hollywood film The Man Who Never Was. Drawing on a wealth of recently available documentation, Denis Smyth shows how British deceptioneers solved a mu...

Denis Smyth studied for his Ph.D. in History at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Sir Harry Hinsley, official historian of British intelligence in the Second World War. He lectured in Modern European History at University College, Cork from 1976 to 1985, and has been a Professor in the Department of History, and in t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.07 inPublished:August 8, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019960598X

ISBN - 13:9780199605989

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Table of Contents

Prologue1. Accidental Conception2. Medical Consultation3. Grand Stratagem4. A Sea of Troubles5. Loud and Clear6. Tailor Made7. Brief Encounter8. Travel Arrangements9. Mincemeat Digested10. Mincemeat DissectedEpilogueFurther ReadingIndex

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"(Denis Smyth) now graces the University of Toronto, which surely must treasure his grasp of the complexities and the falsehoods surrounding secret intelligence and its vital role , properly deployed by the quick and the dead, to ensure the survival of our way of life." --William Stevenson, Literary Review of Canada 09/2010