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Deathly DeceptionThe Real Story of Operation Mincemeat$
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Denis Smyth

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199605989.001.0001

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Deathly Deception

Denis Smyth

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This chapter first describes the individuals tasked by the Twenty Committee to investigate the feasibility of Cholmondeley's proposal, focusing on Lieutenant Commander the Honorable Ewen S. Montagu, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). Montagu backed Charles Cholmondeley's Trojan Horse plan right from the beginning because he realized that the Allies would need cover plans for future operations in the Mediterranean, after Torch had been successfully completed. The chapter also describes the medical problems that had to be solved before Plan Trojan Horse could be passed on to the Chiefs of Staff as a practical project. These included finding a suitable corpse to serve as the notional victim of an accidental drowning in foreign waters and presenting it in such a condition as to pass muster in a post-mortem examination conducted by hostile hands. On 4 February 1943, Montagu and Cholmondeley submitted their plan for consideration by the Twenty Committee under the code name Operation Mincemeat. Its stated purpose was to pass to the Axis apparently top-secret documents, relating to a forthcoming Anglo-American offensive in the Mediterranean, ‘in such circumstances that they will regard them as the orders for the next operation to be carried out by the Allies’.

Keywords:   deception, Trojan Horse, Germans, Charles Cholmondeley, Twenty Committee, Ewen S. Montagu, Operation Mincemeat

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