Book Review: The Man Who Never Was

I don’t what it is about me and cruises. I can’t just read fluff and be done with it. LOL. The Man Who Never Was: World War II’s Boldest Counterintelligence Operation by Ewan Montagu is one of the books that had been hanging around my to be read list at the library for a while. I got a notification that an e copy was available just in time to be downloaded for the trip.

It’s a short read and written as a crony might tell you a complicated story over a glass of scotch and cigars. A number of chapters are devoted to a straight forward telling of how the mission came to be, how it was carried out, and how they got all the materials they used. Several more chapters detail what was uncovered after Germany lost the war and the allies had access to their papers.

If you don’t know the details, I’ll give you a brief and you can decide to invest in the 150 page long explanation. Essentially in an effort to convince the German High Command that the allies were not going to attack Sicily, a plan was hatched to fake up an officer and have his dead body discovered somewhere the Germans were likely to get hold of the papers this officer might be carrying. It worked in case you didn’t know. LOL.

℘℘℘℘ – Four Pages. I read it in a quick day on ship with a cocktail or two. Dry British humor abounds.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Man Who Never Was

  1. Ha ha, I saw that movie! There was an actual dead body involved, and that man’s family was told of the mission and were willing to donate his recently deceased body for the effort.

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