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Surprising 7: Famous deceptions

The biggest deception in military history

In London, the British dressed a corpse, yet unidentified, in the uniform of an air force major, stuffing his pockets with false documents of a certain Major William Martin, a name very common in the British army. They also planted on the corpse papers addressed to Eisenhower implying that the Allied Invasion will take place on the Greek islands and Sardinia, 800 kilometers east of Sicily. Thereafter, in April 1943 on board a submarine, they transported the corpse to the southern shores of Spain and threw it into the water. They expected that Spanish authorities would hand the body over to the Germans. The trick named “Operation Mincemeat” surprisingly worked.

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