Based on the best-selling book, Operation Mincemeat reveals the most successful deception of World War II.
In 1943 a plot was hatched to deceive Hitler that the Allies intended to invade Greece and not Sicily. Dreamed up by Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, it was as bizarre as any Bond novel – except that it was true. At its heart was a dead man who was given an entirely new identity, including a fake name and a fake girlfriend. Most crucially, a top secret letter was added to his briefcase containing plans for a totally fictitious invasion of Greece. The body was floated off the coast of Spain where it fell into the hands of German spies. The deception was an astonishing triumph. Hitler fell for it totally, ordering armies to transfer to Greece to await an invasion that never happened. Meanwhile, the Allies landed on Sicily almost unopposed.
For more than sixty years, Operation Mincemeat has been shrouded in secrecy. Using a cast of witnesses and unseen archive, this film reveals the extraordinary story of how one corpse changed the course of World War II.