This item cannot be shipped to your selected delivery location. A corpse dressed as a military officer was used to convey spurious documents to the Nazis. The writer, Ewen Montagu, and others hatched an idea to deceive German High Command. Yet the operation succeeded beyond wildest expectations, fooling the German high command into changing its Mediterranean defense strategy and allowing Allied forces to conquer Sicily with limited casualties. Preliminary Enquiries, 1 To MYSTIFY and mislead the enemy has always been one of the cardinal principles of war. It's sat on my shelf for over a year, but finally I picked it up. $7.60: Try again. (The oldest, Stuart, was a pompous bore.) So it was interesting to read the whole story, by one of the men principally responsible for pulling it off. - Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2018. By Ewen Montagu.
The collaboration of multi-skilled intelligence experts across naval and military sectors and culmination of meticulous planning of all aspects required to carry out the plot - down to the tiniest detail and contribution from people in the highest authoritative positions down to ordinary men and women in the street is awe-inspiring and thought-provoking as it speaks to these early WW1 & WW2 eras and reminds us all of by-gone times when every citizen played their part leaving the reader in awe of the savvy and smarts of the cumulative strength of our British intelligence units. It is no exaggeration to say that Maj. Martin saved thousands of Allied lives. Failure could have had devastating results. Buy Man Who Never Was: World War II's Boldest Counterintelligence Operation by Ewen Montagu (ISBN: 9781557504487) from Amazon's Book Store. - Dead bodies don’t bleed and he was supposed to die in a shootout.
The invasion of Sicily (then, as Macintyre tells us, “the largest amphibious landing ever attempted”) was months in the planning, and its success depended on surprise. It was such a short quick read - but wonderful information! conceived a brilliant plan to deceive the Axis about Allied intentions, Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2015. during World War II as the Allies were about to drive the German - Italian forces out of North Africa, they had to consider what their next step would be. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. - There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. I cannot imagine myself coming up with an idea as macabre as Operation Mincement but there is no denying its effect on the outcome of WWII. It's thrilling! . Please try again. The Man Who Never Was. by General the Rt. Have looked for this book for a long time therefore thrilled to find it on e-bay. Operation Mincemeat by Ben MacIntyre written several years ago tells the complete story using the declassified files to detail the step by step process used for the deception plan. British intellegence got ahold of a corpse, dressed it up like an officer, and provided a ton of fake background on him (girlfriend letters, theatre ticket stubs) and floated him off the coast of Spain so the Germans would get him. Fortunately it's a fairly short book (it took me over two months to read only because it was the book I kept in the car to read when I was waiting somewhere), otherwise it might have gotten somewhat tedious to read in spite of the interesting subject. - At the time, I thought the story rather fanciful but my father, WWII ex-RAF, assured me it was factual. - The man who never was. Rated 4.50 / 5 based on 2 reviews In 1986, Derwenthaugh Coke Works closed, and demolition began.
The scheme entailed releasing a dead body just off the coast of Spain, where strong currents caused it to drift ashore in an area where a skilled German secret agent was known to operate. Great little read. An unknown error has occurred.
A textbook intelligence operation that should be read and lectured. Very interesting as a work of fact by the man behind this incredible event, good to have the true story, but not as entertaining as the versions that have been "spiced up" a little. Failure could have had devastating results. Ewen Montagu, who masterminded the whole scheme, gives his personal account of the audacious and innovative plot to outwit the Germans by washing up a dead body on Spanish shores, complete with apparently confidential information concealed about his person. The title and cover picture (different from the above) caught my attention as I browsed the history section of the school library. The Man Who Never Was: World War II's Boldest Counterintelligence Operation (Bluejacket Books) - Kindle edition by Montagu, Ewen. The Man Who Never Was provides an exciting and accurate record of the counter-intelligence conspiracy, Operation Mincemeat, which paved the way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943. The title and cover picture (different from the above) caught my attention as I browsed the history section of the school library. - "Martin" was launched from a submarine onto the southern coast of Spain. As this was written only ten years after Operation Mincemeat took place (as a request from the government after details and rumours of the operation started filtering out into society) it does withhold details which were classified at the time such as Major William Martin’s real identity and the steps they took to identify whether the letter h. An incredible story which would have been better if written by someone with more of a flair for creating thrill and suspense (not a criticism of Montagu). There's no suspense, of course, since you know how it ends, but it was interesting to read all the details of how they prepared the body, prepared the documents he would carry, not just the ones with the (false) military i. I had heard about this bit of espionage from WWII, back when I was growing up, and heard or read about it on a few occasions since then, but never knew the whole story. The corpse was to appear to be the victim of an airplane crash, the non-existent Royal Marine Major William Martin, who had letters in a briefcase that hint at a forthcoming Allied invasion of Greece and Sardinia, rather than the obvious target of Sicily. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. 3.6 out of 5 stars 423 ratings. The Man Who Never Was.  The British security services decided that the best response was to publish the story of Mincemeat.
Start by marking “The Man Who Never Was” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Macintyre, whose previous book chronicled the incredible exploits of Eddie Chapman, the crook turned spy known as Zigzag, excels at this sort of twisted narrative.
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