Operation Mincemeat

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

This book is about a strange, yet true, espionage plan England used to deceive Germany. England's plan involved using a dead body carrying falsified documents to misled Germany into thinking that they were going to attack Greece and Sardinia instead of the obvious target, Sicily. Some of the details of this plan seem so much like a spy novel that it is no surprise that some of those people who contributed to this plan wrote spy novels (including Ian Fleming).


I love reading about World War II and am especially fascinated to learn more about the espionage, and spying that went on during it. I am absolutely amazed at what England was able to pull off by using the dead body as a sort of spy. The elaborate planning of minute details of this plan was definitely interesting to read about.


I not only liked reading about the plan itself but I liked getting to read about those who developed and helped the plan succeed. Ewen Montagu and Charles Cholmondeley deserve recognition for all they have done for Operation Mincemeat. I also loved reading about Bill Jewell. I was holding my breath while reading the part about the beginning of the attack on Sicily. I felt so connected to him that I didn't want anything to happen to him. I would have loved to have met Derrick Leverton (and also his brother). I still can't believe that he was able to nap during the attack and drink some tea too. The guy just seems awesome.


If you are really interested in learning more about this crazy espionage plan that England pulled off I would recommend this book to you. Operation Mincemeat needs to be recognized for the great impact it had on WWII.