About Operation Mincemeat

In 1943 British intelligence hatched a daring plan to swing its fortunes in World War II back its way: Operation Mincemeat

OPERATION MINCEMEAT

In 1943 British intelligence hatched a daring plan to swing its fortunes in World War II back its way. As the allies prepared to invade Sicily, their purpose was to convince the Germans that Greece was the real target. The plot to fool the F├╝hrer was the brainchild of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond.

British agents procured the body of a tramp and re-created his entire identity. He was given a new name, an officer rank and a briefcase containing plans for a fake invasion of Greece. The body was floated off the Spanish coast where Nazi spies would find it.

A photograph of Pam, a fake girlfriend

The deception was an astonishing success. Hitler fell for it, ordering his armies to Greece to await an invasion that never happened. Meanwhile, the allies landed in Sicily with minimal resistance. The island fell in a month and the war turned in the allies' favour.

Ben Macintyre reveals the extraordinary story in a documentary based on his book. Together with original witnesses, Macintyre recreates the remarkable story of how one brilliant team, and one dead tramp, pulled off a deception that changed the course of history.