1st.ed., 2010. Xiii + 400 pp. 44 photo-plates + maps & facsimiles in text. D.j., 22 x 14cm. MINT. One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British soldier floating in the sea off the Spanish coast ' Operation Mincemeat was underway and was the most successful wartime deception ever attempted, hoodwinking the Nazis who sent their troops hurtling off in the wrong direction and saved countless Allied lives. The dead British 'spy', launched from a British submarine, convinced the Germans that Greece was about to be invaded, whereas the beaches of Sicily were in fact the Allied target. Newly released MI5 and Naval Intelligence papers reveal much more than was hitherto known about the operation which changed the course of the war, and since the publication of The Man Who Never Was. MINT copy.