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Epub Operation Mincemeat The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II

Epub È Operation Mincemeat The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II õ 416 pages Download ↠ Ben macintyre ☆ [PDF / Epub] ⚣ Operation Mincemeat The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II ✈ 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 seekin When a dead man becomes a highly effective spy fools the enemy and helps win a war with the world in the balance well that sounds like something James Bond writer Ian Fleming would concoct Oh wait he did To be specific and correct Operation Mincemeat a plan devised by Britain's intelligence agency MI5 to convince Germany that a southern attack on Europe via the Mediterranean by Allied forces was signed off on by Fleming one of many in Britain's spy ring Though Fleming may not have been top dog he was what drove me to this bizarre tale Certainly there was an interest in the story itself but I also wanted to hear about those familiar names of history literature and even the culinary arts even tv chef Julia Child did her bit for secret service during WWII that had a hand underhandedly in taking down the Axis powers Ben Macintyre provides plenty of background information on these shadows With the declassification of files writer's like Macintyre are able to cast light on the actions of agents for both sides and some of it is as exciting as any fiction you'll ever readThose of you into WWII spy craft may be familiar with Macintyre's other relatively popular work on the subject Agent Zigzag As of the writing of this review I haven't gotten around to reading that one yet but if it's as competently and enticingly written as Operation Mincement I'll be on it like a tail that can't be shaken

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G adventure Montagu was an aristocratic detail oriented barrister A perfect team they created an ingenious plan euip a corpse with secret but false papers concerning the invasion then drop it off the coast of Spain where German spies would hopefully take the bait The idea was approved by British intelligence officials including Ian Fleming 007's creator Winston Churchill believed it might ring true to the Axis help bring victoryFilled with spies double agents ro A marvellous story of intrigue of actual events during World War II There are a host of wonderful and eclectic characters in England Spain and Germany The author presents all these in readable detailThe seuence of events – and there are several – are well depicted and we are clearly presented with the logical construction of this set up meant to deceive the Germans into believing that the Allies mean to launch a multi pronged invasion in the Mediterranean – instead of just Sicily The author is careful to show all the nuances of the deception – how much embellishment do you do to preserve the initial lie? The author is also forthright to point out that “Mincemeat” was part of an overall package The Germans in Spain pushed their find over enthusiastically and many used it to reinforce their own preconceptions of an Allied invasion of Greece As Mr Macintyre demonstrates if German Intelligence would have probed in any direction such as the ambiguous autopsy from the Spanish coroner the ruse would have been exposed Instead the clientele was an over eager buyerIt is with sadness at the end of the book when we are shown the tombstone of this “unknown civilian” – whose body was used in after life to conjure this grand deceptionThe paperback edition has some useful footnotesThis is just a really fabulous spy story with all the different layers exposed for us to marvel at

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Operation Mincemeat The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War IIGues heroes a corpse the story of Operation Mincemeat reads like an international thriller Unveiling never before released material Macintyre goes into the minds of intelligence officers their moles spies the German Abwehr agents who suffered the “twin frailties of wishfulness yesmanship” He weaves together the eccentric personalities of Cholmondeley Montagu their improbable feats into an adventure that saved thousands paved the way for the conuest of Sicily You can't make this stuff up Or precisely you can which is what makes this story of espionage and deception so much fun It is almost hard to believe it is all true When I first began the book I didn't think Ben Macintyre had enough material to make an interesting story I presumed he would be repetitive or worse insert his own personal 'journey' into the narrative I was proved decidedly wrong in both cases So many uniue colorful characters pepper the story of Operation Mincemeat that it might even have been longer I laughed out loud on several occasions and thoroughly enjoyed each new person introduced Macintyre explains a little at the beginning what inspired him to pursue writing about Mincemeat but he never returns to the subject It actually left me wanting to know about him as the author something that rarely happens for me The only complaint I have with this book is with the audiobook I was listening to It was actually a very good reading However the author has a British accent and can do a Russian accent but that is about it Every other nationality German Italian etc sounded Russian Even the American accent was a little wobbly An interesting incredible book about the men and women who fooled the Germans with a dead body and some fake documents and helped save thousands of lives during the invasion of Italy