The Man Who Never Was provides an exciting, firsthand account of how this peculiar counter-intelligence scheme came into being, the many unpredictable and often amusing difficulties which the agents encountered when inventing a whole life and persona for their "body," and the ultimate and unforseen successes which the opreation gained. Written in a period of forty-eight hours by the originator and coordinator of the operation in order to dispel myths circulated in a novel on the same subject, this book gives a fascinating insight into one of the most daring wartime operations in military history. A new Introduction explains how "Operation Mincemeat" fits into the broader history of wartime intelligence and deception, still classified when the book was originally published....Continua
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 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