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Download mobi á Operation Mincemeat The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II ✓ 416 pages Û Ben Macintyre Æ ➟ Operation Mincemeat The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II free download ➤G adventure Montagu was an aristocratic detail oriented barrister A perfect team they created an ingenious plan euip a corpse with secret but false papers concerning the invasion then drop it off the coast of Spain where German spies would hopefully take the bait The idea was approved by British intelligence officials including Ian Fleming 007's creator Winston Churchill believed it might ring true to the Axis help bring victoryFilled with spies double agents ro A marvellous story of intrigue of actual events during World War II There are a host of wonderful and eclectic characters in England Spain and Germany The author presents all these in readable detailThe seuence of events – and there are several – are well depicted and we are clearly presented with the logical construction of this set up meant to deceive the Germans into believing that the Allies mean to launch a multi pronged invasion in the Mediterranean – instead of just Sicily The author is careful to show all the nuances of the deception – how much embellishment do you do to preserve the initial lie? The author is also forthright to point out that “Mincemeat” was part of an overall package The Germans in Spain pushed their find over enthusiastically and many used it to reinforce their own preconceptions of an Allied invasion of Greece As Mr Macintyre demonstrates if German Intelligence would have probed in any direction such as the ambiguous autopsy from the Spanish coroner the ruse would have been exposed Instead the clientele was an over eager buyerIt is with sadness at the end of the book when we are shown the tombstone of this “unknown civilian” – whose body was used in after life to conjure this grand deceptionThe paperback edition has some useful footnotesThis is just a really fabulous spy story with all the different layers exposed for us to marvel at

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In 1943 from a windowless London basement office two intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple complicated Operation Mincemeat Purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking the Allies were planning to attack Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia rather than Sicily as the Nazis had assumed the Allies ultimately chose Charles Cholmondeley of MI5 the British naval intelligence officer Ewen Montagu were very different Cholmondeley was a dreamer seekin When a dead man becomes a highly effective spy fools the enemy and helps win a war with the world in the balance well that sounds like something James Bond writer Ian Fleming would concoct Oh wait he did To be specific and correct Operation Mincemeat a plan devised by Britain's intelligence agency MI5 to convince Germany that a southern attack on Europe via the Mediterranean by Allied forces was signed off on by Fleming one of many in Britain's spy ring Though Fleming may not have been top dog he was what drove me to this bizarre tale Certainly there was an interest in the story itself but I also wanted to hear about those familiar names of history literature and even the culinary arts even tv chef Julia Child did her bit for secret service during WWII that had a hand underhandedly in taking down the Axis powers Ben Macintyre provides plenty of background information on these shadows With the declassification of files writer's like Macintyre are able to cast light on the actions of agents for both sides and some of it is as exciting as any fiction you'll ever readThose of you into WWII spy craft may be familiar with Macintyre's other relatively popular work on the subject Agent Zigzag As of the writing of this review I haven't gotten around to reading that one yet but if it's as competently and enticingly written as Operation Mincement I'll be on it like a tail that can't be shaken

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Operation Mincemeat The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War IIGues heroes a corpse the story of Operation Mincemeat reads like an international thriller Unveiling never before released material Macintyre goes into the minds of intelligence officers their moles spies the German Abwehr agents who suffered the “twin frailties of wishfulness yesmanship” He weaves together the eccentric personalities of Cholmondeley Montagu their improbable feats into an adventure that saved thousands paved the way for the conuest of Sicily It's a rare gem when history is unfolded for us in such a detailed and thrilling form In 1943 Ewan Montagu of the British Naval Intelligence and Charles Cholmondeley of MI5 came together in collaboration of a complex plan of deception The plan that was ultimately approved was to take a suitable corpse dress it in a suitable military uniform place certain well planned personal items attach to it a chained briefcase containing fake official documents and personal letters and then drop it the ocean close to Huelva in Spain where German agents and sympathizers were known to work The objective? To deceive Hitler and his army that the Allies were going to use Sicily as a cover but that they were going to attack Greece and Sardinia instead If the plan was successful Hitler would move his troops away from Sicily thus leaving this underbelly of Italy vulnerable to the British armada and air attacks Sicily was identified as being the pivotal point at which a successful Allied attack could destroy Germany's hold over Italy Secret agents and double agents were seemingly living cheek by jowl in Spain and both Great Britain and Germany built an impressive network of spies in Spain What makes this a fascinating read is the attention to the cast of characters that had any part at all in this particular secret operation both on the British side as well as on the German side The personalities of all characters their background before during and after the war and the parts they played both in the development and the witting and unwitting execution of Operation Mincemeat are carefully detailed And this includes the life of the person who took the central spotlight in this play the corpse who never in his living days thought he'd be serving his country in such a dramatic fashionThe unfolding of Operation Mincemeat once the corpse was released into the water was a non stop thrill There were so many opportunities for the plan to go pear shaped but the way in which the British spymasters manipulated their network was sheer genius and eventually led to the successful invasion of Sicily wrenching away Germany's control and the toppling of Mussolini There is a reference to a similar outline of a plan to use a corpse by Ian Fleming and indeed it could have given the duo the idea but credit must be given to both Cholmondeley and Montagu for crafting and thinking of all angles to this plan and then being instrumental in executing it so successfully