Operation Mincemeat was a successful British deception operation of the
Second World War. In 1943, the body of Glyndwr Michael was dressed as an
officer of the Royal Marines, and items were placed on him identifying
him as the fictitious Captain William Martin. Correspondence between two
British generals suggesting that the Allies planned to invade Greece and
Sardinia, with merely a feint at Sicily, was also planted. The body was
taken by the submarine HMS Seraph to the southern coast of Spain and
released close to shore, where it was picked up the following morning by
a Spanish fisherman. The nominally neutral Spanish government shared
copies of the documents with German military intelligence, before
returning them to the British. Ultra decrypts of German messages showed
that the Germans fell for the ruse. Reinforcements were shifted to
Greece and Sardinia before and during the invasion of Sicily; Sicily
received none. The body was buried with military honours in Spain (grave
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