This is an excellent work, written by an expert for experts. I say that not to discourage, but to warn casual readers.
Ben Macintyre has written a number of books in a similar vein (I have read most of them), and is an expert on this subject. He is also a professional writer who is a master of his craft. There is hardly a superfluous word or redundant phrase throughout the 160,000 or so words.
This is the story of a deception operation executed prior to a major battle where a dead body containing details of the assault is cast into the sea off the coast of Spain. It was anticipated that the body would ultimately end up in the hands of the Spanish authorities. From there it would reach the German High Command who would use the information to send their soldiers off in the wrong direction.
“Nobody would fall for that”, you say; but you would be wrong. And that is the essence of Macintyre’s book. You will learn how, with pain’s taking attention to detail, how the intelligent services created a deception plan which fooled a highly astute and capable enemy.
If Operation Mincemeat had not worked, or even been tried, the Allies would almost certainly have lost the Sicilian Campaign and possibly the Italian Campaign too. The Second World War would have had a very different ending.
This is not only a work of intricate detail about a particular intelligence operation, it is also a history of the functions of the various departments.
Buy this book and be amazed by the ingenuity, sacrifice and dedication that went into the war effort, admirably described in Ben Macintyre’s Operation Mincemeat.