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Operation Mincemeat, How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by  Ben Macintyre - First American edition - 2010 - from The Typographeum Bookshop and Biblio.co.uk

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

by Macintyre, Ben

Condition: Fine copy/fine


New York: Harmony Books, 2010. First American edition. Hardcover. Fine copy/fine. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. x, 402, (iv). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index.

An idea originated by Ian Fleming, then taken up by two spy-masters operating in a cramped room beneath the Admiralty in London, was to provide the Germans with disinformation about where the next Allied action would take place in the Mediterranean. The hoax involved making sure they found the corpse of someone who appeared to be a British officer carrying private letters between several of the top British commanders in London and North Africa. The body chosen for the operation was actually that of an impoverished man from Wales named Glyndwr Michael who had taken his own life, but a new identity for him was created, and he was left in the sea off the coast of southern Spain where he drifted towards shore and was found by Spanish authorities. The faked letters were eventually shown to German agents who gullibly accepted the clues about Allied plans. In the end Hitler was deceived, and British and American forces landed on Sicily against somewhat less resistance than they might have encountered otherwise.


  • Bookseller: The Typographeum Bookshop US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 000662
  • Title: Operation Mincemeat, How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
  • Author: Macintyre, Ben
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Fine copy
  • Jacket condition: fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First American edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN 10: 0307452379
  • ISBN 13: 9780307452375
  • Publisher: Harmony Books
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 2010
  • Keywords: Espionage. World War II.
  • Bookseller catalogs: Espionage;


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