The History of Operation Mincemeat

The History of Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat was undertaken in April 1943 and inspired the 1956 film The Man Who Never Was, which is shown on BBC2 at 1pm on Friday 8th May.

​In life he had done little for his country; but in death he did more than most could achieve by a lifetime of service.​

Ewen Montagu

Operation Mincemeat

In April 1943, British Intelligence service used the identity of a deceased Welsh homeless man to deceive the Nazis into thinking that Britain was going to invade Greece and Sardinia, rather than the actual plan to liberate Sicily. There is an interesting article about it from the BBC News magazine.

The Officer's Account

One of the intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu, wrote his account of one of the most successful military deceptions ever perpetrated, titled The Man Who Never Was. Now available in the public domain, you can read the account in full here.

From Book to Film

The book inspired the 1956 film of the same name starring Clifton Webb and Gloria Grahame which is being broadcast on BBC2 at 1pm on Friday 8th May. You will be able to watch it here from Saturday 9th May: