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- DescriptionOn 30 April 1943, the drowned corpse of Major William Martin washed up on the coast of Spain. In what appeared to be a stroke of grave misfortune for the British, he was found to be carrying top-secret plans for the invasion of Italy. Truth, however, is often stranger than fiction: the plans, as well as the identity of the Major himself, were fake - part of a secret British intelligence ruse called 'Operation Mincemeat', which misled Hitler, causing him to divert his forces away from the Allied target of Sicily.Journalist Ian Colvin became fascinated by tales of this audacious scheme and decided to investigate further. His search led him to Madrid, Gibraltar, Seville and fi nally to a grave at Huelva. The resulting book, originally published in 1953, is a breathtaking account of Colvin's journey, involving German ex-intelligence officers, Spanish generals, flamenco dancers and even a frogman pathologist specialising in drowned bodies.With its thrilling insights into what turned out to be one of the most successful wartime deceptions ever attempted, The Unkwn Courier inspired Ben Macintyre's bestselling Operation Mincemeat. Colvin's lively account looks beyond the military machinations and considers the mysterious identity of the unkwn courier - who was this man who, after his own death, changed the course of the Second World War?
- Author BiographyIan Colvin was a journalist and author. As a journalist he began his career on the News Chronicle in Berlin, from where he was expelled by the Nazis in 1939. During the 1950's and 60's Colvin worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa and the Middle East for the Daily Telegraph. At the time of his death in 1975, he was The Telegraph's chief leader writer and roving foreign correspondent. His other books include Chief of Intelligence, Vansittart in Office and The Chamberlain Cabinet.
- Author(s)Ian Colvin
- PublisherBiteback Publishing
- Date of Publication16/11/2016
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBiteback Publishing
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
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