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Deathly Deception : The Real Story of Operation Mincemeat

By: Smyth, Denis.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2010Description: 1 online resource (390 p.).ISBN: 9780191576171.Subject(s): Deception --Great Britain --History --20th century | Deception --Spain --Atlantic Coast --History --20th century | Great Britain. --Royal Navy --History --World War, 1939-1945 | Montagu, Ewen, --1901-1985 | Operation Mincemeat | World War, 1939-1945 --Campaigns --Italy --Sicily | World War, 1939-1945 --Secret service --Great Britain | World War, 1939-1945 --Spain --Atlantic CoastGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Deathly Deception : The Real Story of Operation MincemeatDDC classification: 940.54/8641 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; List of Plates; List of Abbreviations; Prologue; 1. Accidental Conception; 2. Medical Consultation; 3. Grand Stratagem; 4. A Sea of Troubles; 5. Loud and Clear; 6. Tailor-Made; 7. Brief Encounter; 8. Travel Arrangements; 9. Mincemeat Digested; 10. Mincemeat Dissected; Epilogue; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Deathly Deception tells the true story of the classic World War Two intelligence plan to pass misleading strategic information to Hitler and his Generals that was immortalized in the 1956 Hollywood film The Man Who Never Was. Drawing on a wealth of recently available documentation, Denis Smyth shows how British deceptioneers solved a multitude of medical, technical, and logistical problems to implement their deceptive design. The aim of their covert plan was to persuade the German High Command that the Allies were going to attack Greece, rather than Sicily in the summer of 1943. To achieve thi
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Contents; List of Plates; List of Abbreviations; Prologue; 1. Accidental Conception; 2. Medical Consultation; 3. Grand Stratagem; 4. A Sea of Troubles; 5. Loud and Clear; 6. Tailor-Made; 7. Brief Encounter; 8. Travel Arrangements; 9. Mincemeat Digested; 10. Mincemeat Dissected; Epilogue; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Deathly Deception tells the true story of the classic World War Two intelligence plan to pass misleading strategic information to Hitler and his Generals that was immortalized in the 1956 Hollywood film The Man Who Never Was. Drawing on a wealth of recently available documentation, Denis Smyth shows how British deceptioneers solved a multitude of medical, technical, and logistical problems to implement their deceptive design. The aim of their covert plan was to persuade the German High Command that the Allies were going to attack Greece, rather than Sicily in the summer of 1943. To achieve thi

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When the Allies decided to invade Sicily in summer 1943, they floated the body of a British military officer ashore in German-friendly Spain with the hope that the documents he carried would influence the Germans to believe that the Greek islands or Sardinia would be the Allies' actual target-and the ruse appeared to work. First told in Ewen Montagu's The Man Who Never Was, which was made into a film, Smyth's (history & international relations, Univ. of Toronto; Diplomacy and Strategy of Survival) new account is a veritable administrative history of both sides. Recently declassified records provide many new details about this deadly brain game between skilled opponents; the book also benefits from amusing profiles of the brilliant but eccentric personalities involved. What comes through is how important chance can be for intelligence activities and how one can quietly work to improve the odds. Smyth identifies the man whose body was used for "Major Martin" and thoroughly documents this work with endnotes and a bibliography. VERDICT This fascinating story is told with new thoroughness. Recommended for all studying World War II intelligence activities. Ben McIntyre's Operation Mincemeat is oriented more for popular readers, and both books identify the same man as the corpse. (Index and photos not seen.)-Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Denis Smyth studied for his Ph.D. in History at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Sir Harry Hinsley, official historian of British intelligence in the Second World War. He lectured in Modern European History at University College, Cork from 1976 to 1985, and has been a Professor in the Department of History, and in the International Relations Programme, at the University of Toronto since 1985. His previous publications have dealt with the diplomacyand strategy of the Great Powers during the twentieth century and he has edited a number of volumes in the British Documents on Foreign Affairs series.

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