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Author Smyth, Denis, 1948-

Title Deathly deception : the real story of Operation Mincemeat / Denis Smyth
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Accidental conception -- Medical consultation -- Grand stratagem -- A sea of troubles -- Loud and clear -- Tailor-made -- Brief encounter -- Travel arrangements -- Mincemeat digested -- Mincemeat dissected
Summary In the pre-dawn darkness of April 30, 1943, the body of a Royal Marine Major washed ashore on the south-western coast of Spain, part of an incredible plot to mislead the German High Command about the Allies' impending Mediterranean invasion. What made this ruse unique--and macabre--was that the "Major" was actually a deceased Welsh laborer, who drifted lifelessly ashore carrying false documents indicating that the Allies were set to launch an attack on Greece, rather than Sicily. In this accurate and in-depth retelling of the story behind the operation, Denis Smyth draws on a vast collection of previously unavailable documentary sources to expertly bring all phases of "Mincemeat" to life. 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. --from publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 286-351) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Montagu, Ewen, 1901-1985.
Montagu, Ewen, 1901-1985
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- History -- World War, 1939-1945.
Great Britain. Royal Navy.
World War (1939-1945)
Deception -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Operation Mincemeat.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy -- Sicily.
Deception -- Spain -- Atlantic Coast -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Spain -- Atlantic Coast
HISTORY -- Military -- World War II.
Military campaigns.
Operation Mincemeat.
Secret service.
Atlantic Coast (Spain) -- History, Military -- 20th century
Sicily (Italy) -- History, Military -- 20th century
Great Britain.
Italy -- Sicily.
Spain -- Atlantic Coast.
Genre/Form History.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191576174