Operation Mincemeat

During his time in Room 39, Ian Fleming was instrumental in helping to organise several espionage missions, one of which was Operation Mincemeat.  This was a successful British misinformation plan to convince the German high command that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia in 1943 instead of Sicily.  The plan was to deposit the corpse of a British serviceman carrying false official papers off the coast of Spain.  When the body washed up it was intercepted by German agents and, as a report to Churchill explained, ‘Mincemeat swallowed rod, line and sinker.’

‘Mincemeat swallowed rod, line and sinker.’

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