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Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

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 seeking adventure. Montagu was an aristocratic, detail-oriented barrister.

Preface

Chapter 1: The Sardine Spotter

Chapter 2: Corkscrew Minds

Chapter 3: Room 13

Chapter 4: Target Sicily

Chapter 5: The Man Who Was

Chapter 6: A Novel Approach

Chapter 7: Pam

Chapter 8: The Butterfly Collector

Chapter 9: My Dear Alex + Photo Insert 1

Chapter 10: Table-Tennis Traitor

Chapter 11: Gold Prospector

Chapter 12: The Spy Who Baked Cakes

Chapter 13: Mincemeat Sets Sail

Chapter 14: Bill’s Farewell

Chapter 15: Dulce et Decorum

Chapter 16: Spanish Trails

Chapter 17: Kühlenthal’s Coup

Chapter 18: Mincemeat Digested

Chapter 19: Hitler Loses Sleep

Chapter 20: Seraph and Husky

Chapter 21: A Nice Cup of Tea + Photo Insert 2

Chapter 22: Hook, Line, and Sinker

Chapter 23: Mincemeat Revealed

Chapter 24: Aftermath

Notes

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