As plans got under way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in June 1943, British counter-intelligence agent Ewen Montagu masterminded a scheme to mislead the Germans into thinking the next landing would occur in Greece. The innovative plot was so ...
successful that the Germans moved some of their forces away from Sicily, and two weeks into the real invasion still expected an attack in Greece. This extraordinary operation called for a dead body, dressed as a Royal Marine officer and carrying false information about a pending Allied invasion of Greece, to wash up on a Spanish shore near the town of a known Nazi agent.
Agent Montagu tells the story as only an insider could, offering fascinating details of the difficulties involved-especially in creating a persona for a man who never was--and of his profession as a spy and the risks involved in mounting such a complex operation. Failure could have had devastating results. Success, however, brought a decided change in the course of the war.
This is about one of the greatest deceptions in WW2. With a single dead body, Allies successfully planted false documents in the hands of the Germans and made them to believe the targets of the invasion would be somewhere else. It changed theThis is about one of the greatest deceptions in WW2. With a single dead body, Allies successfully planted false documents in the hands of the Germans and made them to believe the targets of the invasion would be somewhere else. It changed the defense strategy of Germans in Sicily and thus made Operation Husky -- the invasion of Sicily -- an easy success. Were it not for this deception, the Germans would have strengthen the defense of Sicily enormously, especially the southern coast. It would have lead to the extreme difficulties for the landing forces, and probably the annihilation of the US 505th PIR and British 1st Landing Brigade when they came down from air into the well defended areas by the Germans.
"Fog of war" is always the prevailing problem for any command. Any intelligence to help revealing the enemy's intention would be highly appreciated, but also should be highly suspected. So the lesson learned is: if something looks too good to be ture, then it's probably not true. :-) ...Continua Nascondi