Operation Mincemeat (aka The Man Who Never Was)
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Interviewee name: Patricia Davies
Operation Mincemeat was a top secret WW2 deception operation designed to fool the Germans as to where an Allied invasion in the Mediterranean would take place. Patricia Davies worked as a secretary in the department of Britain's Naval Intelligence which, working with MI5, hatched this outrageously ambitious and complex deception which proved successful. She provides some brief but fascinating anecdotes about the people responsible for the plan. This involved dropping a body with fake military ID into the sea off Spain, to be washed up and found by a known German agent who could then acquire the false invasion plans carried by this 'British officer' who in fact did not exist. This story was depicted in the classic 1956 film "The Man Who Never Was" based on the book of the same name written by Patricia's wartime boss Ewan Montagu; and it has been told far more comprehensively in the very recent book "Operation Mincemeat" by Ben Macintyre.