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

While on a visit back to England in January of this year, I read a serialization of this book in the London Times and it captured my attention. I have been wanting to read this ever since. I was not disappointed.

This book revolves around the attempt to convince the Germans that the allied forces were going to attack Greece when in reality Sicily was the target. In order for such a deception to be accepted by the Germans meticulous detail was taken to create  a fictional character, Major William Martin, who would be found dead floating in the mediterranean off the coast of Spain carrying documents relating to the deception. Using the personal papers of the commander in charge of this operation, the book explains how this incredible deception was created and executed and finally reveals who the ‘body’ was. The end result saved tens of thousands of lives.

A truly fascinating read and Highly recommended.