The Strange Tale of Operation Mincemeat
During World War 2, British intelligence officers managed to pull off one of the most successful wartime deceptions ever - Operation Mincemeat.
The stranger-than-fiction plan involved a dead body and fake documents, and was conceived by none other than Bond writer Ian Fleming.
In 1943, the Allies planned to invade Sicily, and they were well aware than the Nazis knew of their plans. In order to make them think otherwise, they concocted a plan to convince Germany that they were actually planning to invade Greece instead.
Their plan was to drop a body into the sea off Spain, dressed as a British officer and carrying fake 'top secret' documents with details of their invasion to Greece. The team found a body (rumoured to be a recently-deceased homeless man from Wales), dressed it in uniform and set about creating a fake identity for the man, including fake letters from loved ones, photos, theatre tickets and a receipt for an engagement ring, all to make him seem like a real officer.
The body was drifted off the coast of Spain and discovered by a fisherman, with the documents passed on to German officers, as planned. This led to the Nazis removing a huge number of troops from Sicily to bolster their numbers in Greece, exactly as the Allies hoped.
The story is now reaching a wider audience with new film Operation Mincemeat, starring Colin Firth.
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